$1.4 Million Settlement for Virginia Motorcyclist injured by a Loaner Car
If you are injured by a loaner vehicle, you may have grounds to make a claim against the policy of the car company that owns the vehicle.
Recently, a case in which a motorcyclist was injured in Arlington, Virginia, resulted in a $1.45 million settlement after lawyers representing the rider were able to use the Lexus insurance policy.
A report in Virginia Lawyers Weekly stated the rider was traveling westbound on the inner lane of Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA.
A car that was seeking to make a left turn crossed into the motorcyclist’s lane. The driver appeared to realize the error too late. The motorcyclist swerved to avoid the car, jumped over a small island and hit a guardrail, ejecting her from her bike.
Motorcyclists often suffer very severe injuries. This case was no exception. The rider suffered a traumatic brain injury which impacted her ability to do a high-level job.
She also suffered a fractured left ankle, fractures to both feet, a broken right wrist and a fractured patella. Her medical bills alone ran to $248,000.
The fact the culpable driver was behind the wheel of a loaner car meant Lexus’ policy was at issue. The case settled without the need for mediation with two insurers. No two cases are the same and no result is a predictor of a future settlement, but the rider was awarded $1.4 million.
Congratulations to the lawyers who represented this motorcyclist, Scott Perry , Mike Charnoff and Leslee Soudrette of Perry Charnoff PLLC in Arlington, Virginia.
If you found yourself in an accident with a loaner car, you might not realize you could claim against that carmakers’ policy. If you suffer serious injuries in a car, truck or motorcycle wreck, you should be wary of trying to settle the case with the insurance company yourself.
An experienced Virginia car collision lawyer can protect you from the insurance company strategies that are intended to lowball you and could leave you with insufficient money for your future medical needs. Motorcyclists are the most vulnerable of Virginia’s road users. Last year 70 motorcyclists lost their lives in Virginia.
The scenario in which a motorcyclist hits a car after the driver fails to look making a turn, or crashes taking evasive action is all too common. If you have been injured in a car, truck, bus or motorcycle accident, please call our Virginia auto accident team at (757) 333-3333.