Parkersburg, WV Motorcycle Intersection Accident Lawyer
Mike Slocumb Law Firm fights for injured motorcyclists
Intersections in Parkersburg, WV and throughout the state can be dangerous places, with many types of vehicles traveling in different directions. This is especially true for motorcyclists. It only takes one negligent driver to cause a serious accident that leaves someone hurt. The motorcycle accident attorneys at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm can help.
Motorcycle accidents at intersections are often caused by:
- Drivers who run a red light - Instead of slowing down for a yellow light up ahead, some drivers try to beat it by speeding up. When the light turns red, they no longer have the right of way. They can crash into the side of a motorcycle that has already entered the intersection from another direction.
- Drivers who make negligent left turns - A driver enters the intersection and makes a quick left turn, failing to look for approaching motorcycles. Or the driver does see the motorcycle and tries to cut in front of it. In either case, the motorcyclist is unable to stop in time and there is a collision.
- Drivers who rear-end motorcycles - A responsible motorcyclist sees a red light or stop sign ahead, slows down and then stops. The driver behind them, however, fails to see the motorcycle or misjudges the distance and causes a rear-end collision.
- Drivers who are distracted - It is important for drivers to keep their eyes on the road at all times. Some think it's no big deal to glance down at their phone, change the radio station or reach for a french fry they just bought at the drive-through. They take their eyes off the road for a few seconds and fail to see a nearby motorcycle.
Motorcyclists have very little protection when there's an accident. As a result, they can be seriously injured. They may suffer broken bones, internal injuries or injuries to the head, neck or back. They may need surgery, hospitalization, medication and physical therapy. Recovery can take months or longer. Some are left with a permanent disability.
Insurance companies are supposed to help when you've been hurt in an accident but they are mostly concerned about their profits. They also think that all motorcyclists are irresponsible and must have caused the accident somehow. So they will try to pay you as little as possible for the injuries you have suffered.
You shouldn't have to settle for less
We don't think that's good enough. Our motorcycle accident lawyers help you fight back against the insurance companies to recover the financial compensation you deserve. We investigate your intersection accident to get the facts. We review accident reports, interview witnesses and if needed, consult accident reconstruction experts.
Our attorneys build strong cases that insurance companies have to take seriously. Insurance companies see that we are ready to fight them in court. That's when they agree to talk about a settlement. We are only interested in a settlement that meets your needs. This includes compensation for all medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.
If you were hurt in motorcycle accident at an intersection, we suggest talking to an attorney as soon as possible. The statute of limitations for taking legal action is two years from the date of your accident. That sounds like plenty of time but it can take months to build a case. It is important to start investigating before evidence is lost or destroyed.