Motorcyclists are at a distinct disadvantage in the event of an accident. They are not afforded the protections other vehicles offer, and the potential injuries that may be caused in a collision between a biker and a larger vehicle can be very severe. While motorcyclists are protected by the same laws as other motorists, many drivers fail to properly respect a motorcyclists rights, causing catastrophic injuries or even death.
Consider speaking with a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer if you or a loved one were harmed in a collision with a negligent driver. Our hardworking civil attorneys could review your case and determine if you are eligible for financial compensation.
Why are Motorcycles More Dangerous?
Motorcycle riders are more likely to suffer disastrous injuries or even death as the result of an accident as compared to occupants of other motor vehicles. Without seat belts, air bags, and the surrounding frame of a car or truck, a motorcyclist is left especially vulnerable and exposed. These smaller profile vehicles are much less visible as well, making it more likely an accident can be caused because another driver failed to properly check blind spots or yield.
Motorcycles, as two wheel vehicles, are also much less stable than their four or more wheel counterparts. A simple fender-bender for two cars could be fatal to a motorcyclist. These vehicles are also much more prone to accidents caused by potholes, uneven surfaces, or slippery conditions.
Determining Fault in a Motorcycle Collision
In order to prove a successful personal injury claim arising from a motorcycle accident, the plaintiff and their lawyer must demonstrate that the defendant’s negligence caused their harm. This is accomplished by showing that the defendant had a legal duty of care to the plaintiff and that the violation of the duty was the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
For instance, every motorist owes others on the road a duty to drive safely and follow traffic laws. If a driver is reckless behind the wheel and strikes a nearby motorcyclist, this would be a violation of that duty. A well-practiced attorney in Seattle could help an injured motorcyclist prove the other party was responsible for the accident in question.
Potential Liable Parties
In any case, the potential liable parties may vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. One of the most common liable parties is other drivers of motor vehicles. Too many drivers fail to account for a motorcyclist’s rights on the road or are careless behind the wheel, resulting in devastating collisions between large vehicles and bikers.
However, other parties can also be held accountable in the event of a motorcycle wreck. A defective part can fail while a rider is on the road, and it may lead to a very severe crash. Mechanics who have worked on the motorcycle could be financially responsible if their negligence caused a motorcycle to be faulty.
Damages Available to an Injured Motorcyclist
With help from our experienced team, injured motorcyclists in Seattle could obtain the compensation they need to get back on their feet and back to riding their bikes. Our firm could support you through your ordeal and help you pursue the money you deserve, including:
- Compensation for past and future medical expenses
- Recovery of lost wages
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
- Maximum value for a totaled bike
- Payment for repairs of a damaged bike
Reliable guidance could help you maximize your recovery and get your life back to normal.
I truly understand what you are going through and maintain sophisticated resources to assist in your case. In addition to knowledgeable lawyers, you benefit from having medical and industry experts by your side who know what it is like to ride a bike and to be injured participating in the sport. I work closely with:
- Trauma doctors
- Neurologists specializing in motorcycle head injuries
- Forensic engineers
- Motorcycle mechanics
- Accident reconstruction analysts
At trial, these professionals offer compelling testimony based on years of experience and deep understanding of motorcycle accidents and injuries.
Get in Touch with a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Whether your wreck was due to another driver’s carelessness or a defective bike, you have the legal right to hold the responsible party liable for damages. However, doing so can be difficult without strong legal guidance. A Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer could provide reliable representation as you move through the civil process. Call today to schedule your initial consultation.