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Helping You Recover Compensation for Your Injuries and Anguish After an Accident that Wasn’t Your Fault

Motorcyclists face risk every time they get on the road. Each year, an average of 5,000 bikers are killed on U.S. roadways. It’s a sobering statistic, especially when you consider that motorcycles only make up around three percent of vehicles on the road. 

These figures have led to unfair stereotyping of bikers as thrill-seekers who put their own lives on the line. While motorcycles can indeed be thrilling, many motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers – not the bikers themselves. 

After the smoke has cleared, many bikers find themselves unsure about what’s next. Seeking medical attention, filing insurance claims, and dealing with the legal system are a lot for any person to handle on their own. That’s where we come in.


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As a personal injury attorney, Richard Serpe advocates for those who have been injured due to the negligence of another person, dangerous product, or company. A substantial portion of his 35-year legal career has been devoted to the representation of injured children. Mr. Serpe has a tremendous track record of success in obtaining favorable jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.”

“My experience with Richard Serpe can be summarized in two words, “absolute trust.” I came to Mr. Serpe on the advice of a friend after a car hit me while riding my motorcycle. I immediately sensed that Mr. Serpe was an extremely capable and professional attorney whose sole objective would be to look out for my best interests; and that’s precisely what he did. He was candid and thorough when discussing the circumstances of my case and always ensured I understood the legal process and what to expect next. His advice was invaluable and enabled me to reach a settlement that fairly compensated me for the injuries I sustained and provided me with financial security. I would not hesitate to contact Richard Serpe again if the situation necessitated it; I would recommend him to anyone.” – Don, Google Review


Should I hire an attorney for my motorcycle wreck?

Motorcycle accidents happen every day. Only some of them result in legal action. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can offer valuable insight into your legal options, providing much-needed guidance and representation for victims. Consider working with a Virginia motorcycle accident lawyer if:

  • You Sustained Life-Altering Injuries: Life-altering, permanent disabilities can upend a person’s lifestyle. This is especially true if those injuries impact the way a person earns a living. A Virginia personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate a fair settlement or, if necessary, convince a jury to award you a settlement you deserve.
  • Your Medical Bills Are Expense: Severe injuries don’t have to be permanent to change your way of life. Medical bills, ongoing physical therapy, and prescription medication costs add up quickly. The insurance industry tends to low-ball accident settlements, so you may want a lawyer on your side representing your best interests.
  • A Wrongful Death: Motorcycle accident can result in fatalities, leaving families with enormous financial expenses. A lawyer experienced with Virginia’s wrongful death laws can help your family get justice.

Dealing With Insurance Adjusters

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It’s a good rule of thumb not to speak with the other driver’s insurance company by yourself. Insurance companies are businesses first and foremost, and they’re looking to pay the lowest amount for claims in order to make the greatest profit. Anything you say to the adjuster could potentially be used against you, and so it’s wisest to direct them to your Virginia personal injury attorney.

Insurance adjusters will try to question you about the nature of your injuries, how much time or money you have lost, contact information for your doctor(s) and any witnesses to the accident, and any insurance information that family members may have; you do not need to answer any of these questions, and should politely redirect them to your attorney.

You Don’t Have to Go it Alone

Insurance adjusters are trained to get you to say things that will ruin your case. If you choose our personal injury law firm, we immediately contact the insurance companies and inform them that they are no longer allowed to contact you. We will take over all communication dealing with insurance. They will have to go through us to get to you.


Understanding Virginia Motorcycle Accident Claims

When determining the value of a personal injury claim, it’s important to consider the damage done in the wreck. The severity of injuries and the degree of property damage caused by the collision both factor into the equation. Another major fact? Whether or not there is insurance coverage and the policy limits.

Compensatory Damages Available to Victims

Financial recovery comes in many types. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to one or more of the following compensatory damages:

  • Medical costs: Any and all bills stemming from your motorcycle accident can be factored into your settlement. This includes emergency transport services, hospital bills, ongoing treatment costs and even the price of prescription medications.
  • Lost wages: If you missed work because of your accident, the pay you lost out on can be recovered in a motorcycle wreck settlement. Whether you missed a week or a month of work, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden of lost wages because of another driver’s negligence.
  • Pain and suffering: It’s often hard to imagine assigning a dollar value to the pain and suffering endured by motorcycle accident victims, but given the psychological damage that is often sustained in such crashes, this may be included in your settlement.
  • Wrongful death: Motorcycle accidents sometimes result in fatalities, leaving families with enormous medical costs, funeral expenses and lost income to bear. Compensation for these survivors won’t make up for their losses, but can help put families on the right track financially.

Statute of Limitations (Deadlines)

What are the time deadlines for filing an injury claim?Strict deadlines in Virginia limit the time motorcycle accident victims have to file a lawsuit. Two years is the standard Statute of Limitations, but deadlines can be extended or shortened in certain circumstances. Speak with a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss important deadlines and miss out on compensation entirely.


Common Causes of Motorcycle Wrecks

Cars and trucks have undeniable advantages when it comes to protecting motorists. Airbags, seat belts, and significant “right of weight” make it far easier for a person in a car to survive a collision with a motorcycle.

In contrast, bikers are extremely vulnerable to serious, catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, back injuries, neck and shoulder injuries, and amputation injuries. Tragically, many motorcycle accidents result in fatal injuries.

  • Rear-end collisions by cars and trucks
  • Improper lane changes or the failure to use turn signals
  • Motorcyclists forced off the road by a car or truck entering their lane of traffic
  • Poor road conditions,  such as potholes and excessive gravel on the highway
  • Excessive speed causing reckless and careless driving
  • Drunk drivers and drivers under the influence of drugs
  • Failing to obey traffic laws – running stop signs, red lights, failing to yield
  • Texting and distracted drivers

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