Motorcycle And Boat Accident FAQ

After a serious accident, you need to take action to protect your rights and ability to claim compensation. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your family is to educate yourself about basic principles of the law regarding personal injury compensation.

To learn more about your rights and how you can benefit from having an experienced team of lawyers on your side, call The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates at 540-342-2000.

What should I do after a motorcycle or boat accident?

The most important thing is to obtain medical treatment. After that, we strongly recommend calling a personal injury lawyer, even before you report the accident to your insurance company. The reason for this is that you may compromise your case by inadvertently revealing information that your insurance company or the other driver's insurance company could use to minimize the compensation it pays.

At The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, we take proactive measures to protect our clients' rights, preserve critical evidence and prepare the ground for successful legal actions. We will work diligently to obtain the best possible settlement or jury award for you.

A more detailed explanation of what you should do after an accident appears on our main Frequently Asked Questions page.

I have motorcycle insurance separate from my automobile coverage. How will this affect the process of obtaining compensation?

It shouldn't slow the process down to any appreciable degree. It could increase the amount of compensation you receive, because it may be possible to stack the policies. Our attorneys understand insurance coverage and the claims process. When representing you, we will work hard to maximize the compensation you receive from all sources.

What if I wasn't wearing a helmet when I crashed my bike?

This will not affect your rights regarding compensation. Your own insurance policy and potentially the policies of other parties responsible for the accident could provide compensation.

What kind of damages can I get in a motorcycle or boat accident case?

In a case involving serious injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic losses. If the driver of the other vehicle was drunk, you may even be able to obtain punitive damages, though in Virginia you cannot seek compensation from the drinking establishment that served alcohol to the drunk driver. In your case, The Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates will calculate the full value of your losses and seek maximum compensation for you.

Who is most likely to die in a motorcycle crash?

You might assume that men in their early 20s are at the highest risk. That is incorrect. According to statistics from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, the top age groups for motorcycle fatalities are:

  • 56 to 60
  • 26 to 30
  • 51 to 55
  • 46 to 50
  • 21 to 25

Of motorcycle fatalities, 95 percent of the victims are men, according to state statistics.

Who is most likely to be injured in a motorcycle crash?

According to statistics from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, the top age groups for injuries in motorcycle accidents are:

  • 21 to 25
  • 26 to 30
  • 31 to 35
  • 46 to 50
  • 51 to 55

While 95 percent of motorcycle fatalities involve men, the statistics are not as lopsided with injuries: 85 percent of people injured in motorcycle accidents are men.

Who is responsible for a boat accident?

There are many possible scenarios for boat-accident liability. In short, the individual or individuals who acted negligently are responsible, according to FindLaw. This could include: a boat rental company; the driver or drivers involved in the accident; or even passengers on the boat.

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