Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

Norfolk Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

It’s the time of year when I like to review some of the more interesting cases I’ve handled and assess the results.  One of my better cases this year concerned a young Navy medical corpsman.  One evening a large SUV (sport utility vehicle, in this case a Cadillac Escalade) pulled out in front of him when he was driving home on his motorcycle.  He tried to avoid a collision, but struck the rear of the Escalade.  The driver of the Escalade admitted fault at the scene and received a ticket for failure to yield right of way.

My client was immediately hospitalized.  He suffered a number of injuries, including multiple transverse fractures of the upper spinal vertebrae.  He stayed at a local Sentara Hospital for seven days.  Even after discharge, he had extreme limitations in his activities.  He ultimately made a full recovery after lots of physical therapy.

Many interesting points can be made about this case.  From the personal injury attorney’s point of view, perhaps the most significant was the issue of liability insurance coverage limits.  My client was allowed to “stack” two policies: the liability coverage from the negligent driver’s policy, and the underinsured coverage from the client’s significantly larger automobile liability policy.  Even though the client’s automobile policy was not a motorcycle policy (he had a motorcycle policy that was much smaller) he was allowed to use it under Virginia law for underinsurance purposes.

Citing Virginia Code section 38.2-2206, I first convinced the negligent driver’s insurance company to tender the limits of the entire insurance policy.  Then I approached my client’s own insurance company and pointed out that they would be responsible for attorney fees if the case went to trial, and sure enough, we got a settlement that my client was happy with.

I think this case show that even when there is clear-cut negligence accompanied by serious bodily injuries, one should always contact an attorney in order to maximize recovery.  To most people, the concepts and laws behind underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage are not familiar.  I would advise every driver to have as much liability insurance as possible and to contact a lawyer if they are injured by another’s negligence in an automobile accident.

Disclaimer: every personal injury case is different; no specific dollar value or results are guaranteed.

Norfolk Traffic: New Bike Lanes on Llewellyn

For the past several weeks, the city of Norfolk has been altering Llewellyn Avenue, converting two automobile lanes into bicycle lanes between downtown and 35th Street.  I was excited about this development when it was first announced, and I wrote about it in my personal injury lawyer blog last year.  “Putting the sexy back in being downtown,” is how Norfolk Planning Director George Homewood described the strategic plan for city bike paths.  I confess that I feel somewhat bamboozled.  The city did not so much create bike lanes; rather, it cannibalized automobile lanes, cutting the number of lanes on Llewellyn from four to two.  Throw in a price tag for taxpayers approaching $500,000 and I find myself not caring about bringing sexy back.  I would rather the city bring my lane back!

What do you think?

Car accident on 264 in Virginia Beach kills one person

The Virginian-Pilot reports that around 2:25 a.m. this morning a traffic accident on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach left one person dead.  Virginia State Police have released very little information so far.  Spokesperson Michelle Anaya told the Pilot that the accident took place on the westbound section of interstate 264 near the old toll plaza.

Because of high speeds, interstate car accidents have a higher chance of causing serious injury or death.  If your loved one has been killed in a car crash because of another driver’s negligence, contact Norfolk wrongful death attorney Ed Atkinson to get justice.

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