West Virginia

West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers Experienced in Car, Truck & Motorcycle Accidents

West Virginia Motorcycle Laws

Motorcycle laws and statutes are different in each state—and they’re constantly evolving. In West Virginia, these laws affect the type of eye protection motorcyclists must wear and the definition and special regulations for antique motorcycles.

As part of our service to motorcycle riders in West Virginia, we maintain up-to-date, annotated versions of state laws and statutes for West Virginia, as well as several other states where we practice.

Getting accurate information starts by choosing a trusted source, and our West Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers are immersed in these laws on a daily basis.

Other Personal Injury Practice Areas We Focus On in West Virginia

An inescapable aspect of representing people involved in motorcycle accidents are the catastrophic injuries our clients frequently suffer. Our lawyers’ familiarity with severe head, neck and spine injuries, as well as all types of other internal injuries, fractures and contusions, enhances our understanding of these types of injuries in other personal injury incidents.

When a semi-truck collides with a passenger vehicle it’s not uncommon for the smaller car’s occupants to suffer catastrophic injuries. The size and weight disparities can make these accidents incredibly dangerous and too frequently fatal. There are some parallels here between a motorcycle and car accident and a car and truck accident – in both cases one person is far more exposed and vulnerable than the other. In both scenarios the injuries that result are often catastrophic in nature.

Our personal injury legal team has represented clients in auto accidents of all types. The Motorcycle Law Group’s extensive knowledge, connections with experienced crash reconstruction experts and familiarity with West Virginia vehicular and traffic laws ensures our team is always prepared to fight for people in need of help after a car crash injury.

Lawyers Experienced in Medical Malpractice

Personal injury and wrongful death cases related to medical mistakes are another category of litigation that commonly involves catastrophic injuries with long-term consequences.

It’s hard to overstate just how big a responsibility medical professionals have to their patients. The law codifies this greater level of responsibility – known as a duty of care. Medical professionals owe the highest duty of care to their patients. When they fail to uphold that duty, patients are entitled to damages and compensation.

The severity of medical malpractice injuries and the often long-term consequences for families means the damages in these cases can get particularly high. The size and scope of medical malpractice damages is one of the reasons so many states have put damage caps on these cases.

For example, West Virginia has two different non-economic damage caps for medical malpractice cases: $250,000 for general medical malpractice cases and $500,000 for medical mistakes resulting in permanent disability or death.

A mistake that causes long-term harm to a baby during childbirth could mean that family will have much higher medical and care costs for the remainder of their lives. It’s not uncommon for those costs to run into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, and it’s not fair the family should have to carry that burden on their own.

Families who suffer the repercussions of medical mistakes deserve aggressive representative from West Virginia personal injury lawyers who truly understand the long-term ramifications of catastrophic injuries

The Motorcycle Law Group is here to fight for you.

Why Should You Call Motorcycle Law Group?

  • We are The Firm that Rides®, and we understand the challenges that motorcyclists face on a daily basis.
  • We are local, with offices located throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
  • We have decades of experience representing injured motorcyclists throughout the region.
  • We know catastrophic injuries thanks to our extensive experience with motorcycle injury accident cases.

Learn more about personal injury Liz Sorrell, who handles cases in West Virginia.

Meet the Motorcycle Law Group

How We're Different

The Firm That Rides
  • Decades of Experience

    Our firm has been representing personal injury clients for over 30 years.

  • We Put Clients First

    We make ourselves available after hours and on weekends for our clients. We'll get back to you the same day, even on holidays.

  • Giving Back to the Community

    Our team is proud to support causes close to the motorcycling community as well as educate lawmakers on causes that impact riders and donate part of attorney fees to motorcycle rights for legislation.

  • We're a Firm That Rides

    As avid motorcycle riders, each attorney with our firm understands the unique situations that motorcyclists face every day on the road.

What Are The Best and Worst Places To Ride a Motorcycle in West Virginia?

The winding pathways and sharp drop-offs along U.S. Highway 33 between Harman and Seneca Rocks in Pendleton County make it one of the most dangerous sections of road in the state.

There are regular calls to enhance the safety features on that mountainous stretch. Increased reliance on GPS navigation has taken more and more truckers through this shortcut connecting Interstate 79 with Interstate 81. If you’re taking this scenic route, exercise considerable caution.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that Clay County had the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities per 100,000 residents in 2014 at 11.18, followed by Ritchie County (9.99) and Hampshire County (8.52).

Still, the number of fatal motorcycle accidents remains low—no county has had more than five in a single year since 2010. In West Virginia and most other states, riding safely is more about how you ride than where you ride.

We Are Advocates for West Virginia’s Riders.

It’s not always easy being a rider. You have a much higher risk for injury or death on the roads compared to passenger vehicle and truck drivers, plus you have to deal with a lot of unfair generalizations simply by being on a motorcycle.

This latter issue commonly comes into play after a motorcycle accident injury. The other driver’s insurance company will use negative biases and motorist ignorance to their advantage during negotiations.

The insurance company negotiators will assume that any jury will be prejudiced against you simply because you were riding a motorcycle at the time of your accident. The knee-jerk reaction to blame a rider for their own injuries is a response your West Virginia personal injury lawyer needs to counter.

Our ability to dispel those negative rider stereotypes is one of our defining characteristics at the Motorcycle Law Group.

As a personal injury law firm that rides, we are uniquely qualified to change the minds of jurors about who riders are and how seriously they take safety. We know how to dispel the myth of the “reckless rider” and the assumptions that go along with it. Our legal training and good standing also help reinforce the idea that motorcycle riders are not a group of people to be feared or maligned but are in fact responsible members of the local community.

We work tirelessly to ensure that your right to ride is protected in West Virginia. If you believe your right to ride has been violated, contact us today and let us help you.

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