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Riding on a motorcycle can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be a deadly one in West Virginia. This is particularly the case if other drivers around the motorcyclist are careless behind the wheel. Motorcyclists don’t have much in the way of protection when a motorcycle crash happens.

Motorcyclists actually have less of a chance of getting into accidents than other vehicle drivers do. However, they are much more likely to die in an accident when one occurs. This is why wearing motorcycle helmets is so valuable; in fact, failure to don a helmet at the time of a crash may actually jeopardize a person’s insurance claim.

When a motorcyclist is involved in a crash, it is important to take notes as well as obtain any contact information for potential witnesses. It also helps to take photos. This can all be helpful for an injured motorcyclist who is trying to make his or her case in a personal injury lawsuit. It is worth noting that, in some liability cases, liability may be split between two parties based on their differing degrees of fault; this is the theory of comparative negligence.

Financial restitution in a successful motorcycle crash case can help the victim to cover any medical expenses resulting from the accident. It can also be helpful for covering the loss of wages if the injured victim is unable to work while recovering from the crash. Furthermore, awarded monetary damages may help to address emotional distress and pain and suffering caused by the incident in West Virginia.

Source: findlaw.com, “Motorcycle Accident Resources“, Oct. 27, 2014