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2 common questions about motorcycle accidents

Virginia personal injury attorneys tend to handle a lot of motorcycle accident cases. The unfortunate fact is that motorcycles are very dangerous and if a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, then the chances of injury are exceedingly high. There is also a very high chance that those injuries will be catastrophic, permanently disabling and/or fatal.

Whenever a motorcyclist is hurt in a crash that is caused by another driver's negligence, he or she will probably have a lot of questions, not the least of which, will be: How much compensation can I get in my personal injury claim?

This question will actually be very hard for a personal injury attorney to answer. The reason is because a lot of facts and information will come out during the litigation process, which could affect the amount of potential recovery in a motorcycle accident case. However, an attorney will be able to advise the motorcyclist about the viability of a potential action and whether or not it is worthy of pursuit.

Motorcyclists also may have a lot of questions about who was at fault in their crash. Depending on how the accidents occurred, some cases of fault and/or negligence may be easier to prove than others. For example, if a car turns left in front of a motorcyclist, causing the motorcyclist to crash into the vehicle, who is at fault? In most situations like this, Virginia courts will side in favor of the motorcyclist who was going straight. However, if the motorcyclist was speeding, it could affect the determination of fault in the incident.

It is always best to consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before pursuing a claim for damages relating to a motorcycle accident. Not only will an attorney be able to decide if a claim is viable enough to pursue, but he or she will also be able to determine the most suitable legal strategies and arguments to employ in the matter.

Source: FindLaw, "Motorcycle Accident FAQ," accessed Feb. 26, 2016

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