Riding a motorcycle is a hobby, a means of transportation, and a way to unwind for many people. While many motor vehicle accidents involve minor injuries, the harm you can suffer during such an accident can be life-threatening. If you have been hit while riding a motorcycle and suffered harm as a result, or if your loved one was fatally injured in such a collision, a personal injury lawyer from Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico can help.

We realize that there is no way to take away the pain and suffering you or your loved one endured in your motorcycle accident, but fair compensation may help ease the physical, financial and emotional damages you are now facing. Call us today at (540) 655-1854 or use our online contact form to request a consultation.

Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Roanoke, VA

An avid motorcyclist, Richard L. Derrico has been riding for more than 30 years. He, along with Michelle C.F. Derrico, have a thorough understanding of the challenges Virginia motorcyclists face both on the road and in the courtroom. Research shows that a majority of accidents involving motorcycles are the result of the other vehicle driver not seeing the motorcycle.

Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

Vehicles Making Left Turns

Often, cars and other vehicles on the road will make a lawful (or sometimes illegal) left turn in order to continue their commute. This poses a serious threat to motorcyclists, who travel on the road with a significantly smaller vehicle. These accidents frequently occur when the driver of a car or other passenger vehicle does not see a motorcycle rider in their blind spot and hits them as they make their turn. In order to avoid a left turn collision, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times and engage in defensive driving tactics if need be. This includes maintaining a slower speed, eliminate any potential distractions, and plan a route that will get you away from any dangerous or aggressive drivers. If you were riding your motorcycle and another vehicle turning left struck you and caused you injuries, contact a motorcycle accident lawyer today for help.

Blind Spots

Every car has its blind spots, meaning there are areas of the road that a driver cannot see due to the construction of the vehicle they are driving. Most passenger cars have two blind spots – one on either side of the vehicle, so it’s important to try and ride your motorcycle outside of those spots, as you will be more visible (and less likely to be hit). One way you can avoid another, much larger vehicle’s blind spots is by riding in a lane that has slower traffic.

Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is a huge problem on Virginia roads. When a driver messes around with radio controls, checks a text message on their phone, eats, or engages in any other distracted behavior, they are putting every motorist at risk. When the driver of a car takes their attention away from the road, even for just a second, they can make a mistake that costs a motorcyclist their life. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 500,000 drivers use their phones while behind the wheel during the day. With so many people not paying attention to their responsibilities as a driver, it’s important to remain vigilant while you ride your motorcycle. By remaining aware of what others are doing on the road around you, you can avoid the devastating injuries a motorcycle accident can cause. Call a motorcycle accident lawyer at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico today if a distracted driver caused you harm.

Lane Splitting

Everyone has places they need to be. Sometimes, though, traffic gets in the way of their commute, and people only slowly make progress towards their destination. When this is the case, you may be tempted to use your motorcycle to engage in the practice of lane splitting. This is the act of riding your bike between two lanes of stopped or slowly-moving traffic. While it may be tempting to split lanes so you can get moving, doing creates the potential of an accident because of small space left between your motorcycle and other vehicles.


Like car accidents, many motorcycle accidents are caused by speeding. When another vehicle is moving slowly in front of you, it may be tempting to speed up, on your bike, but by doing so, you increase your chance of getting into a collision. Motorcycles offer little in means of protection, so if you get into an accident caused by speeding, your injuries can be severe.

Not seeing a motorcyclist does not excuse a driver from responsibility. It doesn’t matter what type of vehicle is involved in a crash, everyone has the same rights on the road and before the law. If you have questions or concerns about the potential cause of your accident, call a motorcycle accident lawyer at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico right away.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Since motorcycles are much smaller than cars and other passenger vehicles, you are likely to suffer injuries as the result of a crash. With so little protection available to motorcyclists (besides helmets and other protective clothing), it’s important to know about the potential injuries you can suffer in an accident so that you can do everything possible to prevent them.

A motorcycle accident lawyer at our firm can help you if you’ve experienced any of the following:

  • Severe skin abrasions (road rash)
  • Broken bones
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord and neck injuries
  • Concussions and other head injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Motorcycle accidents can even result in death. When you consult with Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, we will fight help you obtain the best results in a motorcycle accident settlement. With our preparation and the help of witnesses, medical specialists, psychologists, accident reconstructionists, and other professionals, we will work toward obtaining just compensation for your injuries.

Contact a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer for Help Today

Riding your motorcycle should be a fun experience. You shouldn’t have to give up a fun hobby simply because another driver was negligent and caused your accident. When you’re in a motorcycle accident and suffering from a variety of injuries, your main concern should be healing. While you concentrate on recovery, let a motorcycle accident lawyer from Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico handle the legalities of your case.

To schedule a free evaluation, contact us today at (540) 655-1854.