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Motorcycle Accidents

Charleston Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Dedicated Legal Services for Injured Motorcyclists

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.

Charleston motorcycle 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, schedule a free consultation with Troy Law Firm PLLC.

Call us at (304) 315-2299. We help accident victims from Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia, Ashland and Prestonsburg, Kentucky, and other areas throughout West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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 the right-of-way to a motorcyclist
  • 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. In the blink of an eye, one driver’s negligence can alter the lives of motorcyclists and their families.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Without the protection of an enclosure that other vehicles provide, motorcycle operators are at inherently more risk than other drivers on the road. This means that the injuries suffered by motorcyclists tend to be more severe than those sustained by other drivers in accidents.

These serious injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Head, neck, and shoulder injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Road rash
  • Severe abrasions and lacerations
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Amputations or loss-of-limb injuries

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. This can leave you 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. If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, no amount of compensation can undo the immeasurable loss that has befallen you. However, our firm may be able to help you seek damages for funeral costs, loss of financial contributions, and other losses.

What to Do after a Motorcycle Accident

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 take days or even weeks 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 in Charleston: 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.

Potential Compensation after a Motorcycle Accident

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, but 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 can fight diligently on your behalf to obtain every penny you deserve, which may include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical and emotional therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering

Determining Liability in a Motorcycle Crash

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 requires 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.

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 in Charleston to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries and fight aggressively for the compensation you deserve.

Why Choose Troy Law Firm for Your Motorcycle Accident Case?

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 help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

With almost 25 years of experience, Mark Troy 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, contact Troy Law Firm at (304) 315-2299.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

The Opinions that Matter Most
  • Striving for fair and just outcomes for any individual needing help.

    - Gary
  • Mark kept me informed regarding my cases from beginning to end and was responsive to my questions and needs.

    - Linda
  • He was able to aggressively demonstrate liability against the other party.

    - Anonymous

Why Hire Troy law Firm?

Your Recovery Depends On It
  • Aggressive, Caring Representation

    You will work directly with an attorney who is passionate about helping victims of injury to recover.

  • Customized Legal Approach for Each Client

    Attorney Mark Troy is a fierce litigator who combines legal skill with respect and understanding of each client.

  • Over 25 Years of Experience

    The firm boasts over 25 years of legal experience & access to outstanding experts across various fields.

  • Former Defense Attorney Experience

    As a former insurance defense attorney, Mark Troy possesses valuable insight into their tactics.

  • Small Firm With Big Attention

    The firm's size and overhead provides Attorney Mark Troy with the flexibility to take on cases that others don't.

  • An Attorney Directly Handles Your Case

    You will not be treated like a case file that is passed from staff to staff. An attorney will handle your case directly.

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