Fairfax Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
By Your Side From Start to Finish
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): “More than 80 percent of all reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the motorcyclist.” Worse, many motorcyclists are injured or killed in accidents that are not their fault. In 2018, a total of 4,985 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, making the risk for death on a motorcycle 27 times higher than it was for passenger vehicle occupants.
When motorists cause accidents and motorcyclists pay the price, someone has to help even the scales of justice. In Fairfax, that someone is Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC. Our attorneys work hard to help ensure you never have to cope with the consequences of a motorcycle accident alone.
If you have been injured or bereaved by a motorcycle crash, call us at (703) 952-5801 today.
What Makes Motorcycles So Dangerous?
Motorcycles do not have the same crashworthiness and occupant protection characteristics of automobiles. Additionally, they are smaller, less stable, and harder to see. As such, motorcyclists are more prone to crashes and absorb the majority of any impact that takes place.
Motorcyclists are frequently ejected from their vehicles, forced into the ground, or battered by objects in their path. Helmets and other special equipment can help keep them safe, but motorcyclists are ultimately at the mercy of other drivers, as well as road and weather conditions. Approximately 63% of motorcycle fatalities occur in multi-vehicle accidents, so drivers should take extra caution while driving around motorcycles. Any failure to take care and caution could be a violation of the at-fault driver’s duty of care and result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While experienced motorcyclists may be able to avoid crashes with quick stops and agile maneuvers, they cannot anticipate nor prevent every crash.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Motorists failing to check their blind spots
- Unsafe lane changes
- Improper turns
- Aggressive driving
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Lane splitting
- Rider or driver inexperience
- Road and weather conditions
- And more
Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are common in motorcycle accidents, especially when the motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet.
In addition to TBI, motorcycle accidents can lead to:
- Road rash (serious friction burns)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Broken bones
- Facial fractures and disfigurement
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI)
- Lower extremity injuries
- Limb amputations
- Internal injuries
Any of the injuries above can leave you with permanent scars or disabilities. Likewise, suffering a devastating personal loss can change your life. Keep reading to learn how we help you move forward.
Compensation in Motorcycle Accident Cases
The aftermath of an accident can lead to medical bills, missed wages, and countless tangible and emotional costs. Filing a lawsuit means you are pursuing compensation that can help you account for these economic and non-economic damages.
Damages you can recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Missed wages
- Decreased earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Funerary costs
- And more
While no amount of money can change what happened, having the right resources can help you recover and secure your future as you adapt to your injuries and losses.
Why Choose Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC?
Motorcycle accidents are serious, and you need serious legal advocates on your side. Our attorneys at Carroll & Nuttall, PLLC are experienced, knowledgeable, and committed. We are local and community-oriented, which means our only priority is fighting for your rights and helping you win your case.
Our attorneys treat you like human beings – not case numbers – and the lawyer you meet with during your initial consultation will be by your side every step of the way.