Motorcycle accidents may cause severe injuries to the motorcycle rider as well as pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles. A motorcycle rider may also suffer a severe head injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and bone fracture as a result of a motorcycle accident. Many motorcycle accident victims in Roanoke, Virginia, choose to obtain professional legal help in order to seek compensation.
For many years, Virginia state authorities have initiated various awareness programs in order to encourage motorcycle riders to obey safety procedures so that they are safe in the event of a motorcycle accident. The attorneys at Cranwell Moore & Emick PLC, Attorneys at Law, with almost 75 years of combined experience, have diligently and aggressively defended the rights of many injured victims.
Wearing a helmet is one of the basic and primary safety measures that must be followed by all motorcycle riders. Additionally, state authorities recommend that motorcycle riders wear photo-reflective clothes, which can help make them more visible, even in the dark or in the rain.
However, researchers have found that even wearing a helmet may not be enough to help a motorcycle rider avoid injuries. In one year’s data, approximately 77 motorcycle riders were killed in accidents and 71 of the victims were wearing helmets.
A motorcycle accident victim who has suffered significant injuries may also incur high medical bills. In some cases, motorcycle accidents may even be fatal. In the event of a fatality, the victim’s family may wish to seek compensation from the negligent party’s insurance company. In some cases, a court may choose to award the injured victim or the victim’s family punitive as well as compensatory damages.