Emporia, VA Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcycle riders do not have the same physical protections as drivers of cars, trucks, or other motor vehicles equipped with safety features, such as airbags and seat belts. Consequently, when cyclists are involved in crashes, the injuries can be life-altering or, in many cases, life-threatening. In fact, motorcycle drivers are over twenty-seven times more likely than automobile occupants to die in a collision.
If you were injured or a loved one died in a motorcycle accident caused by another person, company, or the government, we invite you to call Emporia, VA motorcycle accident lawyer Mark Hurt to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can tenaciously pursue justice and maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
We proudly serve those in Emporia and the surrounding communities, including Durand, Oak Lawn, Purdy, Jarratt, Skippers and throughout Virginia.
How Much Does an Experienced Emporia, VA Motorcycle Attorney Cost?
Firm-founding attorney Mark Hurt has decades of experience fighting for and securing maximum compensation for injured victims and their families. Over more than two decades of representing injury victims and their families, Mark and our firm have secured millions of dollars from those responsible for injuries and wrongful death claims. As a Duke Law School honours graduate and having represented clients twice before the United States Supreme Court, Mark Hurt has the experience and tenacity needed.
We represent injured motorcyclists (and the families of wrongful death victims) on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only receive a fee if compensation is recovered. We also advance litigation expenses while a case is ongoing, so our clients do not have to stress about coming out of pocket for upfront expenses and filing fees. These costs are typically fully covered by a settlement or jury award.
What Are the Most Common Types of Motorcycle Injuries?
Motorcycle accident injuries can affect any part of the body and be catastrophic. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following are some of the most common injuries suffered by motorcyclists:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Abdominal Injuries
- Injury to Internal Organs
- Lower-extremity Injuries
- Road Rash and Significant Lacerations
Can I Pursue Compensation If My Loved One Died in a Motorcycle Accident?
Tragically, over 5,000 people die annually in motorcycle crashes, often because of the negligence or wrongful acts of other drivers. As a motorcycle accident law firm, we appreciate that losing a family member as the result of a preventable crash can be one of the most painful experiences one can endure. If you lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, we offer our sincerest condolences.
If you are facing staggering medical bills and monetary obligations and emotional loss and grief due to losing a family member, you may have a right to pursue compensation through a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit. Under Virginia law, if a motorcycle fatality is caused by another person’s or entity’s negligence, it is considered a wrongful death.
Wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of a decedent by a “statutory beneficiary,” meaning a family member or dependent with a legal right to recover compensation. Virginia law outlines the order in which individuals have a right to file a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving spouses, children, and grandchildren are granted the initial right to file a wrongful death claim.
- If a decedent does not have a spouse, child, or grandchild, the right to file passes to surviving parents, siblings, and dependents.
- If there are no surviving members in the first two groups, the right to file a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit passes to whoever has the right to inherit under Virginia’s estate laws.
These are the general categories concerning who may be entitled to seek a recovery in a wrongful death matter. In order to find out exactly how the law will apply to your case, we invite you to call our office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options.
What Types of Compensation Can Be Recovered After a Virginia Motorcycle Accident?
Motorcycle accidents often result in significant injuries that require lifelong medical and other care, which can come at a great cost. As an experienced Emporia motorcycle accident lawyer, Mark Hurt tenaciously pursues maximum compensation to cover long-term losses and expenses, including:
- Pain and Suffering
- Emotional Distress
- Medical bills
- Surgical costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Future medical care
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages (if the defendant acted particularly egregious)
If you lost a loved one, it might also be possible to pursue compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost financial support
- Loss of companionship
How Can an Emporia, VA Motorcycle Accident Attorney Help Me?
At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we thoroughly investigate every case, often retaining experts (such as accident reconstructionists, vocational experts, medical experts) to assist in proving fault, damages, lost wages, and in estimating the life-long medical care needs of a victim.
In the case where a victim sustains life-altering injuries, such as paraplegia or quadriplegia, care costs and lost wages over the course of a lifetime can be extreme. Our firm will often work with financial and other experts to estimate the full damages that will be incurred in order to seek full compensation.
You Will Only Get One Chance at Seeking Full Compensation
In an injury or wrongful death case, it’s important to understand that a plaintiff (the person or family bringing the lawsuit) will only get one chance to get full damages. It does not matter that injuries turn out to be much more severe than initially thought, or that medical expenses turned out to be higher than expected.
Let our firm work on your behalf to pursue full compensation from all of those responsible. Call us today for a completely free consultation to learn how we can help, and to answer any questions that you may have about your case. And, as with all injury and wrongful cases that we accept, we advance all costs of litigation, and we only receive a fee if compensation is obtained.
We hired Mr. Hurt to help settle a worker’s comp injury case for my husband. Mark, Bart, and Mary worked tirelessly to resolve his case and reach a settlement we were pleased with. They were always available to answer questions and returned calls in a timely manner.