Sterling, Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers: Tips on Staying Safe on the RoadAuthor: Portner & Shure
Over the weekend, there was a deadly motorcycle accident in Fauquier County, Virginia near Remington. One motorcyclist crashed into two other riders on Route 29 near Freedman's Ford Road. Police believe the accident occurred because two of the three motorcyclists were approaching an intersection with a changing yellow light and decided to slow down to stop, however, the third motorcyclist who was behind them kept driving and did not stop. Sadly, the third motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and did not survive the crash. The other two motorcyclists were uninjured in the accident. It is also believed that the reason the third motorcyclist did not stop was because he was not paying attention to the road and did not know the traffic in front of him was stopping.
As many people know, motorcycles are one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. These machines offer no protection for drivers or their passengers when involved in an accident. There are numerous impediments on the road and varying weather conditions that can severely impact a motorcyclist, but not a car, truck, or bus. Here are some tips to remember if you are involved in a motorcycle accident:
Escape Immediate Danger and Seek Medical Attention
If you are injured, you should be taken to a hospital for immediate care. Common injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident include scrapes and bruises, broken arms and/or legs, and concussions. It is imperative that a doctor examines your injuries to determine the severity.
After any traumatic event, such as an accident, your body’s adrenaline may cause you to act irrationally. Remain calm by taking deep breaths and sitting down. Do not talk to anyone because adrenaline sometimes causes people to speak without thinking, and it is important to avoid admitting fault.
· Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident
Make sure you exchange information with all involved parties and wait for the police to arrive. By leaving after the accident, you open yourself up to a hit and run felony charge.
· Keep Records of All Documents Related to the Accident
It is very important to keep a record of all the expenses you incurred as a result of the accident. Some common expenses include doctor’s visits, repairs and lost wages from time missed at work.
· Call the Police
A police report is important because it will document the facts of the crash, the parties involved and record of any witnesses. If the police do not arrive at the scene, it is best to file a report later at the police station.
· Seek Professional Legal Counsel
Call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to help you recover any benefits to which you may be entitled. It is important to call a lawyer as soon as possible to assure that all evidence and witnesses do not disappear.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident that is caused by the fault or negligence of another person and would like to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Manassas or throughout Virginia orvisit us online.