Curbing West Virginia Motorcycle Accidents

Q: How can motorcycle accidents be reduced?

Almost Heaven. Ever since the late John Denver penned the lyrics capturing the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River, locals and tourists have enjoyed traveling our country roads…and our highways. And they’ve used pretty much every mode of transportation to do so. Including motorcycles.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents in West Virginia –especially those involving another car or truck – –often result in serious personal injuries or death to the biker. Because the motorcyclist is far less-protected than drivers and passengers in heavier, enclosed vehicles like cars or trucks, they could (and often do) suffer severe injuries ranging from “road rash”, broken bones, and loss of limbs, to neck injuries and traumatic brain injuries, and more.

An accident victim who has been seriously injured as the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions of someone else may be entitled to compensatory damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Once liability has been established, the victim may be awarded damages for such things as medical costs, anticipated future rehabilitation and treatment costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.

In the event the victim dies from their injuries, their closest surviving relatives may be entitled to commence a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages such as expenses related to the wrongful death itself like medical and funeral expenses, as well as loss of salary, benefits, pain and suffering, and companionship, depending on the survivor’s relationship to the victim and the particular circumstances of each case.

While they can’t control the other drivers on the roadways, bikers would be wise to follow basic rules to keep the roads safer for themselves and others including:

  • wearing protective clothing and gear from helmet to toe
  • following the rules of the road
  • making themselves visible with lights, reflective tape, And bright clothing
  • avoiding tricks and stunts on the open road
  • avoiding speeding, alcohol, and drugs.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in a motorcycle accident or any other accident, the experienced West Virginia personal injury attorneys at Hewitt & Salvatore are committed to getting you the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

With deep ties in the local community and offices in Fayetteville and Beckley, we pride ourselves in helping our neighbors during difficult times. While we can’t undo your suffering, we can fight for compensation to relieve the financial burden the accident has caused so you can focus on healing. Wherever you are in West Virginia, we are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. One call. That’s all.