Chesapeake is the starting point of one of the longest interstate highways in the United States. This road, I-64, is also the location of most of the major accidents in Chesapeake, Virginia. Every day you ride your motorcycle, you take a risk. Motorcycle collisions are catastrophic in the scope of damage they cause, far more than auto accidents.
Unfortunately, it does not matter how safe a rider you are. There is always a negligent driver out there who may not see you or may simply behave recklessly. Luckily, the passionate Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys at the law firm of Montagna Klein Camden have served people from across the Chesapeake area and are ready to help you seek the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries.
After any motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle crashes, you should first call 911 to get first responders on the scene. This helps ensure that all accident victims, including you, get medical attention, and allows you to file a police report, which will be important in building your case later.
Next, gather all the evidence you can. Take photos, draw diagrams, and make notes. Swap information with the other motorists involved and collect contact info from witnesses. Do not apologize for anything at any time, including at the scene or later.
When you get home, start your injury claim by filing a report to your insurance company, but stick to the facts and do not editorialize. Finally, contact the law offices of Montagna Law at 757-622-8100 or through our online contact form for a free consultation, legal advice, and legal representation today.
In addition to Chesapeake, we have represented clients in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and elsewhere across Hampton Roads. Do not go at it alone, and do not go with some big faceless law firm. Our law office cares deeply for every client who comes through our door.
According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2021, the safest place for motorcyclists was on the highway as opposed to neighborhood roads and streets. Make no mistake, however; bikers are always at risk from reckless drivers on Virginia roads.
Whether you are on the streets in downtown Chesapeake or commuting along Hampton roads just 35 minutes away, many things can cause accidents. Most come down to drivers behaving recklessly, and many accidents cause serious injuries or even death. Some of the most common causes of accidents that personal injury attorneys see include lane changing, distracted driving, poor road conditions, bad weather, rear-end collisions, and driving under the influence.
Drivers must be extra careful when bikers are around. Motorcycles are harder to see than cars or trucks, and drivers who fail to pay attention when changing lanes cause many motorcycle crashes every year.
A great many motorcycle accident cases are the result of distracted drivers. While we usually think of distracted driving as cell phone use, it can also include reading, checking yourself in a vanity mirror, fiddling with the radio, or even eating.
Drivers are responsible for adjusting their driving habits when road conditions are bad. Loose gravel, oil slicks and spills, potholes, and rough pavement are all conditions requiring drivers to slow down and be careful. If they fail to do so and an accident results, they can be held liable.
Be it rain, snow, ice, or even high heat in the summer, bad weather can affect road pavement and requires drivers to behave accordingly. Drivers who recklessly fail to adapt to weather conditions can be held accountable for resulting crashes.
Motorists have a responsibility to leave enough space between their vehicles and those in front so that they can stop in emergencies. Though there are exceptions, rear-end accidents are often the fault of the driver behind.
DUI is one of the most devastating and common causes of accidents nationwide. Many DUI-related personal injury cases also involve wrongful death.