Motorcycle Accident Attorneys in West Virginia Represent Injured Bikers
Effective advocacy and personal attention from Bridgeport injury lawyers
Although West Virginia has one of the lowest rates of motorcycle fatalities in the nation, our country roads can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists. Bikers are exposed to impacts from other vehicles, fixed objects and the hard surface of the road, making it more likely they will suffer severe, disabling injuries or death in an accident. At Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC, we have been strong advocates for injured motorcyclists for more than 30 years. We investigate motorcycle crashes to determine the cause, and when the evidence points to negligence, we fight for the compensation our clients deserve.
Common types of motorcycle accidents in West Virginia
About seven percent of West Virginia traffic fatalities are motorcyclists and their passengers. That number ranges from about 24 to 32 people per year. Factors that affect motorcycle accidents include:
- Low visibility — Motorcycles are smaller and harder to spot than passenger cars. Most car drivers who strike motorcycles claim they never saw the bike coming, but the cause could also be inattentive or distracted driving. WV Code §17C-15-2 requires bikers to have their headlights on at all times to make them more visible.
- Drunk driving — According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 55 percent of motorcyclists killed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. in 2013 had blood alcohol content readings at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
- Lack of safety equipment — West Virginia is one of 19 states with a universal helmet use law. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, riders in these states comply with the law an estimated 89 percent of the time. However, when riders fail to wear helmets, the chance of severe brain injury or wrongful death increases greatly.
- Speeding — Speed plays a role in most motorcycle accidents, just as it does in auto and truck accidents.
Motorcyclists are often subject to head-on and side-swipe impacts on the state’s narrow, winding country roads. But in general, motorcyclists are most vulnerable at intersections, where they can be struck in the side and pinned beneath a vehicle or where a car or truck can cross their path, causing a T-bone collision against the broad side of the other vehicle.
How to proceed after a motorcycle accident
If you are injured in a motorcycle crash, you must take certain steps to care for yourself and protect your legal rights:
- Seek medical treatment immediately
- Call your insurance company
- Collect all documents related to the accident
- Contact an attorney
Beyond identifying yourself and giving information about your insurance coverage, do not make any statements to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the driver’s insurer contacts you:
- Never provide a recorded statement.
- Don’t give them authorization to look at your medical records.
- Don’t discuss your medical condition.
- Don’t try to settle your case alone.
- Don’t agree to meet with them.
Insurance companies will attempt to use any statement you make against you, to limit the amount they have to pay for your injuries. Let them know they’ll be hearing from your lawyer instead.
For motorcycle accident representation, contact our Bridgeport law firm today
Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC provides effective legal representation for injured bikers and their passengers in Bridgeport, Clarksburg and throughout West Virginia. To schedule a free consultation, call 304-842-4300 or contact our office online. We make home and hospital visits whenever necessary.