Because motorcycles are smaller than passenger vehicles and lack protective covering, motorcycle accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries. In fact, a 2006 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that, per mile traveled, motorcyclists are 8 times more likely to be injured in a motor vehicle crash than the occupants of a passenger car. If you recently sustained injuries in a vehicle crash, you can file a Virginia motorcycle accident claim in order to recover damages for both your financial and emotional losses. 

The claim process can be complex, so hiring a Front Royal personal injury lawyer is encouraged. There are a number of steps you must take to ensure that your motorcycle accident claim is protected. Failure to complete these steps could lead to the insurance company denying your claim.

Before the Accident

While safety equipment may not prevent an accident, it could protect you from more serious injuries and help you establish your claim if the unthinkable ever happens. Before you get on your bike, you should buy a high-quality motorcycle helmet to reduce the risk of head injuries and wear it. The insurance company may try to decrease your settlement if you were riding without the proper safety equipment.

If you are a new rider, consider taking a safety class. A course can teach you about the rules of the road, so you can avoid unsafe riding habits that could come back to haunt you in the event of a motor vehicle crash.

Immediately after the Accident

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should remain on the scene and immediately contact law enforcement and emergency medical technicians. If your motorcycle is in an unsafe location, such as the middle of the road, you can move it to the side.

While waiting for emergency personnel, gather the names and phone numbers of eyewitnesses to the collisions. The last thing you want is a he said/she said scenario with the insurance company. Witnesses can provide details and back up your motorcycle accident claim.

Whether you happen to have a camera on you or a smart phone with camera functionality, you should take as many pictures as possible to document the scene of the accident. Be sure to capture images from different angles to tell the whole story about the collision.

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