Broadside Collisions

West Virginia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Wolfe Law Firm provides comprehensive representation to individuals in West Virginia who were harmed as a result of someone else's conduct. For over 20 years, our personal injury lawyers have fought for the rights of motorcycle accident victims injured by negligence. Located in Elkins, our office is dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.

Motorcycle Accident Facts

West Virginia’s country roads provide a beautiful background for motorcyclists cruising outdoors. Balanced on two wheels, riders feel the road in every commute. But the danger of motorcycles has always been clear. In fact, Harrison County has the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities in the state. Interstate highways in Randolph and Lewis Counties make North Central West Virginia a dangerous place to ride. Motorcycle accidents continue to cause the greatest number of traffic-related injuries and death in the United States. Even the most careful rider is vulnerable to the ever-present danger of negligent drivers.

Broadside Collisions

Broadside collisions, also known as side-impact collisions, occur when the front of another vehicle approaches laterally and hits the motorcycle on one side. The point of impact forms a roughly perpendicular angle, with the heavier vehicle displacing the motorcycle. Regardless of the model, the front of cars and trucks are generally wider than the length of a bike, exerting a far greater force upon contact. This explains why broadside collisions can severely injure riders without damaging the car. Side-impact collisions between bikes and large trucks almost always result in death.

Motorcycle-Related Injuries

Motorcycle riders are less visible and more vulnerable to injury by careless drivers. They suffer significant injuries in broadside collisions, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Mutilated, lost limbs
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Crushed neck, shoulder
  • Total or partial paralysis
  • Herniated disc, back pain
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Coma, cognitive problems
  • Organ damage, dysfunction

Broadside collisions often toss the motorcycle and displace riders far from the accident scene. The impact of the fall, if not fatal, often leaves injured riders vulnerable to oncoming traffic.

Causes of Broadside Collisions

The majority of broadside collisions involving motorbikes are caused by careless drivers. Unlike drivers, motorcycle riders are far more likely to exercise caution and defensive maneuvering. Negligent drivers, on the other hand, rarely focus on the task at hand. As a result, reckless driving includes a broad spectrum of behavior, including:

  • Intoxication, DUI
  • Talking and texting
  • Sudden lane changes
  • Use of radio, navigation
  • Tailgating, braking space
  • Consuming food, beverage
  • Rubbernecking, distractions

West Virginia law holds negligent drivers responsible for damages resulting from broadside collisions. This allows the injured rider to bring a claim alleging that the driver’s reckless conduct breached a legal duty, injuring the rider. The injured party is entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and damages, and other benefits.

Broadside Collision Injury Attorney

If you were injured in a broadside collision, the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Wolfe Law Firm can help. For over 20 years, we have aided motorcycle accident victims throughout West Virginia. Whether your accident was caused by a negligent driver, product defect, or dangerous road condition, we work diligently to see that you succeed. When appropriate, Wolfe Law Firm uses innovative technology and the renowned experts to thoroughly investigate your claim. As soon as you call us, we begin work immediately to protect favorable evidence and make a persuasive claim. While most victims receive a generous settlement, Wolfe Law Firm is always prepared for court. We are dedicated to helping you obtain the greatest award possible at no up-front cost to you. Remember that state law provides a deadline for bringing injury claims. Let us get to work immediately to recover the compensation you deserve. Call (877) 637-5756 or contact us online.