When You Need A Motorcycle Accident Attorney In West Virginia
The state of West Virginia is a beautiful place for bikers to ride. With its scenic winding and rural roads and beautiful scenery, a nice day can easily fill the roads and highways with motorcycles. When more motorcycles are on the roads, there is an increased likelihood of accidents. Unfortunately, a motorcycle wreck can result in significant injuries simply because a rider is exposed. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident because of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos in Huntington can help you seek damages for your losses and accident injuries.
Motorcycle Safety Laws In West Virginia
In the state of West Virginia, there are several laws and rules designed to keep bikers safe on the road. These include laws about licensing, safety equipment and special driving rules such as the following:
- Motorcyclists must pass a skills test through the WV Department of Transportation (DMV)
- Motorcyclists can complete an accredited motorcycle rider course through a Motorcycle Safety Program in lieu of passing the skills test through the DMV.
- Obtain the right license, either a standard driver’s license that includes a motorcycle endorsement (F) or a Class F motorcycle only license.
- All motorcyclists and their passengers must wear an appropriate helmet.
- Motorcyclists must also wear appropriate eye protection if their bike doesn’t have a windshield or windscreen that complies with federal specifications.
- Motorcycles must have headlamps and taillamps.
- Passengers can only ride on motorcycles that are designed to carry passengers.
- Motorcycles are not allowed to split lanes and drive between two lanes to move through traffic. Lane-splitting is prohibited.
Additionally, motorcyclists are required to carry a minimum amount of insurance coverage that includes bodily injury coverage and property damage coverage. The state of West Virginia is a comparative fault state. This means that any negligent party is responsible for their negligent actions that result in injuries to another person, to the percentage that they were at fault for the accident. In other words, if a motorcyclist’s actions contributed to the accident in anyway, the amount they are entitled to recover to compensate them for their injuries will be reduced by the percentage they were at fault.
Serious Motorcycle Accidents
No matter how safely a motorcyclist drives, they can still get hurt. A motorcyclist can follow every rule and safety precaution, and still get into an accident because of a negligent driver. The accident injuries a cyclist can sustain in an automobile accident or an accident with a truck can also be severe. If you or someone you love sustained catastrophic and serious injuries in a motorcycle accident due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers at Sammons Olivero & Paraschos will fight on your behalf to secure damages and get you the compensation you deserve.
Consult With A Motorcycle Accident Attorney For Free
Our personal injury lawyers offer a no-obligation, free, initial consultation and case assessment. To contact our offices to schedule your free appointment, call our office at 304-522-7730 or send us an email through our website.