Morgantown, WV Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Hold Negligent Parties Accountable
We seek full and fair compensation for injured victims
For more than 60 years, Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown has helped injured riders and passengers pursue full and fair compensation for motorcycle accident injuries throughout West Virginia. If you are injured, our firm can conduct an exhaustive investigation into your crash. We examine the scene of the accident, collecting data and evidence. We work with accident reconstructionists, safety engineers and skid-mark analysts to pinpoint the cause of the accident and determine fault. If necessary, we use computer animation in court to demonstrate to jurors exactly how the accident occurred and injured our client. We also work with medical professionals to establish the physical and financial impact of injuries. Our goal is to hold negligent parties responsible and seek maximum compensation for our clients.
West Virginia motorcycle fatalities are trending downward, but riders are still at risk
Injuries happen in 90 percent of motorcycle crashes in West Virginia, and most crashes occur on short trips of less than 5 miles. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle crashes killed 4,586 people in 2014, down 2.3 percent from 4,692 in 2013. But, 92,000 motorcyclists were injured, up 4.5 percent from 2013. Fortunately, motorcycle fatalities have declined greatly in West Virginia over the last few years, from a high of 144 in 2012 to 66 in the years 2013 and 2014. However, riders and their passengers are still highly vulnerable when negligent motorists take to the road.
West Virginia’s laws require bikers to wear helmets
Helmets are intended to protect the head and neck from injury. West Virginia has required the use of approved motorcycle helmets since 1971. Still, many riders do not wear them, claiming they limit peripheral vision. Others may opt to wear helmets only on long trips. Helmeted bikers are three times more likely to survive head injuries. But injuries can also happen with helmet failure, when the helmet fails to protect as it should. In this case, we can bring a products liability lawsuit against the helmet’s manufacturer. West Virginia law also requires drivers of ATVs, sport bikes and dirt bikes to wear helmets specifically designed to protect against blows. We represent victims of ATV accidents and other recreational vehicle crashes.
Injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes
A collision at a moderate speed can severely injure a motorcyclist, whose body is exposed while riding. But high-speed crashes on I-79, I-68, Route 43, U.S. 19, U.S. 119, Route 7, Route 705, and CR 857 can be catastrophic. One in every five motorcycle crashes in West Virginia results in a head or neck injury. Other injuries include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Wrongful death
Catastrophic injuries, such as brain injury, can change the victim’s life forever, requiring long-term medical treatment. We tell your story in court, often with videos, to show just how severely the accident injury has affected you and your family. We explain what you have suffered and lost as a result. We demand full and fair compensation.
Drunk driving, even below the legal threshold, is a major cause of motorcycle accidents
In addition to wearing proper protective gear, the most important thing a motorcycle rider can due to ensure his safety is to refrain from consuming alcohol. West Virginia DUI law prohibits anyone from riding with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. In 2014, 29 percent of riders involved in fatal crashes had a BAC over the legal limit. By comparison, 22 percent of passenger car or light truck drivers involved in fatal crashes were over the limit. In 2014, motorcyclists killed in crashes at night were three times more likely to have illegally high BAC readings than riders killed during the day.
Let our Morgantown law firm help you get full compensation for your motorcycle accident
Angotti & Straface, L.C. in Morgantown holds negligent parties responsible for motorcycle accidents. Call us any time at 304-212-7368 or contact us online if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident. We offer free initial consultations, and you pay no attorney fees unless we recover money for you. For the severely injured, we make home and hospital calls.