Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

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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 motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after crash with train in Wards Corner

According to a motorcyclist collided with a train early Monday morning in the Wards Corner neighborhood, leaving him in critical condition. The accident happened around 1:45 a.m. at the 7700 block of Granby Street. The train stopped at that location during an investigation by Norfolk Police Department, but has since moved. The injured man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.


If you are injured in an accident, contact Norfolk motorcycle crash lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue your personal injury or wrongful death claim.  Call 757-656-3084 today.


It appears that the train blocked several intersections until around 5:00 am. At the time of this writing, the motorcycle driver was expected to survive. For updates on this story and other serious accident in Norfolk and Hampton Roads, check back here at the Norfolk Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.