The diverse, sprawling landscapes of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky make perfect backdrops for motorcycle riding. Any rider knows that little can compare to the exhilaration and freedom you experience when navigating our scenic roadways. However, suffering an injury in a motorcycle crash can be one of the most painful and life-altering experiences you and your family may ever face.
Accident Attorney Mark Troy grew up riding motorcycles and has a unique connection with riders and motorcycle-related injury law. If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident and need legal representation from someone who understands you and the unique issues involved with motorcycle accidents, please call Troy Law Firm, PLLC at 304-345-1122 to discuss your case for free. We help accident victims from Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky, and other areas throughout West Virginia and in Eastern Kentucky.
On this page, we discuss a variety of motorcycle accident-related topics, including:
- Common causes of motorcycle wrecks
- Common motorcycle accident injuries
- Fatal motorcycle accidents
- What to do after a motorcycle wreck
- Potential compensation after a motorcycle accident
- Determining liability in a motorcycle crash
- Choosing the right motorcycle accident lawyer
- Why choose Mark Troy for your motorcycle accident case?
- Call now to discuss your motorcycle crash for free
Although society often stigmatizes motorcycles as dangerous modes of transportation, it is usually the drivers of passenger vehicles that cause motorcycle wrecks. According to the “Hurt Report,” initiated by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and conducted by USC professor Harry Hunt, when motorcycles are involved in crashes with other vehicles, the other vehicle is found to have violated the biker’s right-of-way and was at fault for the collision in more than 66% of those accidents.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Failure of passenger vehicle to yield right-of-way to a motorcycle operator
- Passenger vehicle driver distraction
- Passenger vehicle tailgating motorcycles
- Passenger vehicle making left-hand turns into motorcycles
- Passenger vehicle making lane changes without noticing nearby motorcycles
These dangerous situations can be linked back to someone else’s inaction or reckless behavior. This carelessness is known as negligence. In the blink of an eye, one driver’s negligence can alter the lives of motorcyclists and their families.
Without the protection of an enclosure that other vehicles provide, motorcycle operators are at inherently more risk than other drivers on the road. This usually means that the injuries suffered by motorcyclists tend to be more severe than those sustained by other drivers in traffic accidents. These serious injuries can include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head, neck and shoulder injury
- Spinal cord trauma
- Road rash
- Severe abrasions and lacerations
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Amputations or loss-of-limb injuries
These are among the most catastrophic injuries a person can suffer. Not only are these injuries extraordinarily traumatic and painful, they may involve disability. You may need to undergo extensive medical care and endure several months of painstaking rehabilitation therapy. You may be unable to perform your previous job duties and provide for your family.
In the most tragic cases, motorcyclists lose their lives because of the negligence of other drivers. According to a study by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, fatal motorcycle accidents are 27 times more frequent than deaths in other types of vehicles.
Losing a loved one is always a heartbreaking event, and when that loss is due to the negligence of someone else and is something that could have been prevented, it is completely devastating. Wrongful death occurs when someone’s life is cut short because of the willful or negligent act of another person. While no amount of compensation can undo the immeasurable loss that has befallen you, our firm may be able to help you seek damages for:
- Funeral costs
- Burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of guidance
- Loss of companionship
After any accident, your top priority should be to ensure the safety of everyone involved. It’s important to realize that many injuries, including whiplash and brain injuries, may often take days or even weeks after the accident to finally display any symptoms. Additionally, you may be in shock and not realize your injuries are as severe as they truly are. If there is any doubt that you have been injured, err on the side of caution and seek medical attention.
After you’ve taken a moment and assessed the situation following your accident, you should:
- Call 911: Getting the police and any necessary medical responders involved is important to do quickly after your accident. A police report is a crucial component of your accident documentation.
- Gather contact information: Obtain the names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene. Avoid discussing fault while at the scene of the accident.
- Document the accident scene: Take notes and pictures of the accident scene from multiple angles.
- Contact our motorcycle accident attorney: The sooner you contact Mark Troy, the sooner he can begin working on your case. In complex cases such as motorcycle accidents, acting quickly can offer a tremendous advantage to the outcome of your claim.
The aftermath of a motorcycle accident can impact almost every aspect of your life. Not only are you enduring what could be an excruciatingly painful injury and recovery, you may also be experiencing financial uncertainty in the face of mounting medical bills and time away from work that you and your family can’t afford.
Mark Troy understands the many ways a motorcycle accident can impact your life; not just today, but in the future. He will fight diligently on your behalf to obtain every penny you deserve, which, depending on the unique details of your case, may include compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Physical and emotional therapy
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The best way to determine the merits of your case and the true value of your claim is to discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation. Mark Troy is eager to hear your story.
One of the most important jobs of a motorcycle accident lawyer is to determine who is at fault for your crash. This can be an incredibly complicated process that relies on a thorough investigation of the events and drivers involved. Many times, collisions aren’t even involved in these cases, as negligent drivers can force motorcyclists off the road or into impending danger. This can make the accurate investigation of an accident scene difficult. Adding to the complexity, there are a number of parties that can be potentially responsible for your crash, including:
- Other drivers
- Manufacturers of defective motorcycles
- Designers of defective roadways
- Municipal agencies responsible for road safety
Both West Virginia and Kentucky follow some form of comparative negligence laws. Kentucky is what is known a “pure comparative negligence” state and West Virginia is a “modified comparative negligence” state. While the specifics of these types of laws differ slightly, any type of comparative negligence law essentially means that if you are found to share a certain responsibility for a crash, the amount of compensation to which you are entitled is proportionately reduced.
You can trust our motorcycle accident attorney to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve. Call today to learn how Mark Troy can help you.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, choosing the right attorney to represent your best interests may be the most important decision you make. In these cases, compensation isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. You need an experienced attorney with a proven record of success who understands your situation.
It’s important to remember that insurance companies are in the business of profits, not expenditures. Insurance adjusters may offer you an early settlement that is far below the true value of your claim. They are trained to minimize claims as much as possible, and without legal representation, you may be tempted to take what insurers offer, risking your future well-being and that of your family.
Mark Troy understands the tactics used by insurance companies to deny, delay or devalue your claim. He has fought on behalf of accident victims for nearly a quarter of a century and has built a hard-earned reputation for success. To learn if he can help you, call today.
Having ridden everything from dirt bikes to Harleys and Ducatis in his own life, Mark Troy has a profound and intimate understanding of the joys, challenges and legal rights of motorcyclists. He is a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney who can provide you with the knowledge, skill and passion for justice to help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. With almost 25 years of experience, our attorney can:
- Listen carefully to your story and give you an honest, straightforward assessment of your case
- Investigate the details of your case to determine the true cause of your crash
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
- Pursue the maximum compensation you deserve
- Engage in settlement negotiations or taking your case to trial, as appropriate
- Handle subrogation interest and liens
Whether in a courtroom or at a negotiating table, Mark Troy will not be intimidated and he never backs down from a fight. He has the experience, tenacity and depth of resources necessary to protect your rights and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
If you’ve been hurt in a motorcycle accident in West Virginia or Eastern Kentucky, including the areas of Charleston, Huntington and Ashland, contact Troy Law Firm, PLLC today online or at 304-345-1122 to discuss your case for free. We handle motorcycle accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means that unless we win your case, you owe us nothing.