Motorcycle Head-on Collisions

Elkins Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Wolfe Law Firm is a leading injury law firm serving North Central West Virginia. Our talented attorneys and experienced staff have provided superior legal representation to motorcycle accident victims for over 20 years. If you were injured in a head-on motorcycle collision, or any other type of motorcycle accident, contact our office to obtain maximum compensation for your loss.

Head-on Collisions Involving Motorcycles

West Virginia’s winding roads are busier than ever. Motorcycle riders share limited space with larger car, trucks, and tractor-trailers. Beautiful passes through pristine countryside have been covered with asphalt to accommodate the speeding vehicles that replaced horse-drawn carriages. But many widely-used roads still lack traffic signs, road markers, and median barriers to separate opposing lanes. This may contribute to the frequent head-on collisions that occur when vehicles, failing to stay centered in their lanes, cross over the median and hit motorcycles from the front.

Injuries Caused by Head-On Collisions

When the front ends of a car and motorcycle meet, the moving car transfers its energetic force, measured by mass and velocity, to the motorcycle. Size matters in such collisions, usually killing bikers without damaging cars. If front-end collisions crush the steel frames of two cars, the damage to lighter motorcycles, and their unprotected riders, is far worse. This may explain why these accidents account for 10% of all traffic fatalities in the United States. The injuries sustained by motorcycle riders in head-on collisions include:

  • Broken bones, teeth
  • Severed head, limbs
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Tissue, organ damage
  • Amnesia, motor defects
  • Partial or total paralysis
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Brain and spinal cord injury
Negligent Causes of Head-On Collisions

Most head-on collisions involve negligence or the breach of a legal duty owed to another. Drivers owe other motorists a duty of care. They violate this duty by acting recklessly, even if not intentionally, endangering the lives of others. Negligent driving often involves:

  • Intoxication
  • Driver fatigue
  • Speeding, racing
  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Cell, smartphone use
  • Blind curves, left turns
  • Wrong lane, one-way road
  • Tailgating, delayed braking
  • Accelerating to overtake car
  • Failure to yield right-of-way

When injuries arise from negligence, the at-fault party must compensate the victim for losses. If a driver’s negligence injures or kills a biker, the driver must provide compensation for emergency care, medical services, lost income, pain and suffering, and related expenses. The at-fault driver is also liable to eligible family members for wrongful death.

Contact Legal Counsel to Recover Full Compensation

If you or someone you love was injured in a head-on collision, contact the experienced motorcycle accident lawyers of Wolfe Law Firm today. For over 20 years, we have protected the rights of motorcycle riders injured by negligence. Having prevailed in many types of accidents cases, we break down your legal options and frankly assess those most advantageous to you. While most injury cases proceed through settlement, Wolfe Law Firm is equally prepared to pursue your claim in court. Whatever the recourse, we are dedicated to helping you obtain full relief. The award should not only cover your losses, but also the trauma and inconvenience you suffered as a result of the accident.

Wolfe Law Firm Improves Your Chances of Obtaining Relief

At Wolfe Law Firm, we expertly handle all insurance claims and third-party negotiations to maximize your recovery. It rarely benefits you to trust another party’s agents after a crash. Insurance companies often want to minimize liability for your injuries and pressure you into accepting the lowest offer possible. Once you agree, you abandon your right to bring a personal injury claim against the negligent driver in court. Never give a recorded statement or sign any contract without consulting qualified legal counsel first. Wolfe Law Firm is always available to advise you of the best course of action and defend your rights at no up-front cost to you. Call (877) 637-5756 for a free consultation or contact us online.