Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in Barboursville, WV
Motorcycle Accidents in West Virginia
At Bailey Legal Services, our attorneys will work hard to protect your rights as a motorcycle operator. We know the law and its restrictions, and will provide the right advice and assistance so you can recover damages from an accident.
Motorcycle Accidents Bring Serious Injury
The open road and a motorcycle can go very well together until there is an accident. That is when the danger of having less protection can result in serious damage to the cycle and injury to the rider—maybe resulting in death. In West Virginia, the leading causes of motorcycle accidents are:
This can be the most devastating and deadly type of accident for a biker. Unfortunately, head-on crashes are extremely common—even more than rear-end impacts.
The enviable practice of driving between the running lanes of cars and trucks in heavy traffic can sometimes be the cause of accidents. It is small space in which to maneuver; add to that the possibility that the other driver may not see you coming. Lane splitting is not a legal way to travel safely, so if you are involved in an accident, contact our experienced attorneys to assist you.
Cars Making a Left Turn
This can be a very dangerous circumstance for a biker. When a car makes a left turn, the driver may not see that a motorcyclist wishes to travel straight. The resulting collision is most often found to be the fault of the car turning left; however, if the motorcyclist is found to be traveling at an unsafe speed or has another impairment, the biker could be found to be partially at fault.
What Compensation Might You Expect?
The ability to recover losses from a motorcycle accident is the same as other motor vehicles, with relation to fault and negligence.
Proving Driver Negligence
The same burden of proof remains for motorcycle accidents as in car crashes. There must be enough evidence to show that the other driver demonstrated full or partial negligence, and that the negligence contributed to the accident.
Obeying Helmet Law
West Virginia’s helmet safety law says motorcycle operators are to wear a protective helmet strapped on at all times. The helmet must meet safety standards for impact resistance and shatter-resistant eye protection.
If you believe the other operator is at least partially responsible for the accident, give us a call. We will work to review your case and seek to compensate you for your damages.