Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Like many riders, you may look forward to Seattle’s idyllic summers to head out on the back roads. After months of gloom and drizzle, you think it’s safe to hit the pavement. But there is always that bad traffic on I-5 and I-99, and you can never get away from having to navigate Seattle’s narrow, winding neighborhood roads with all the cars and delivery trucks.
Among Seattle’s busy and unpredictable traffic, or out in the surrounding areas you may find yourself the victim of a crash. Your beloved bike may be totaled, and you could suffer some very serious injuries. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to talk with a motorcycle accident lawyer in Seattle as soon as you can. When another driver is at fault for the crash, an experienced lawyer can guide you through a personal injury claim and fight for you to receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle crashes happen for many, diverse reasons. That being said, our attorneys in Seattle have represented riders who have been harmed by:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Improper passing
- Negligent merging
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Following too closely
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to check blind spots
When you are injured in a motorcycle crash caused by the fault of another driver, we recommend you have an attorney conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the crash. You do not have to rely on a police report or an insurance company’s review, and often times, you should not. If you don’t have your own investigation, you may be placed at a disadvantage and have a harder time pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Motorcycle
After a serious crash, your motorcycle may be severely damaged. In many cases, the cost of repairing your bike will be more than its current market value. You then may have to fight the insurance company to pay for all the repairs or a fair price to replace your totaled bike. This can be tough, especially when the insurance company is trying to under-value your bike.
By working with a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer, you will have someone on your side to fight for the full compensation for your bike.
Pursuing Compensation for Your Injuries
Motorcycle crashes often lead to serious physical and emotional injuries. No matter how protective your gear and helmet, a motorcycle rider cannot win against a larger, heavier vehicle or the hard pavement. A crash even at low speeds can still cause serious and even catastrophic injuries.
When you are injured in a crash caused by someone else, our Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your:
- Past and Future Medical Bills
- Past and Future Lost Income
- Past and Future Pain and Suffering
- Past and Future Emotional Distress
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Reduced Earning Capacity
- Loss of Consortium
Whether you suffered road rash, broken bones, and concussion or are dealing with a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, we are here to help. We will aggressively pursue the maximum amounts of compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial injuries.
Washington Motorcycle Laws
Following a motorcycle crash, the other party will investigate whether you were following all state motorcycle laws.
To legally operate a motorcycle in the state, you must obtain an endorsement on your driver’s license. To do these, you can complete an approved motorcycle riding course, which includes a knowledge and skills test. You can present your certificate of completion to the Washington Licensing Services Office within 180 days of completing the class to obtain your endorsement. Or, you can take the knowledge and skills test with the Department of Licensing (DOL) and pass on your own.
You should always register your motorcycle with the DOL, possess your valid driver’s license and endorsement, and wear a helmet while riding.
Washington’s Comparative Negligence Law
Washington law includes a comparative negligence rule. Under this law, you can recover compensation for your injuries even if you are somewhat at fault for the accident. This issue can come up if the other driver claims you were also careless or reckless while riding your motorcycle and this contributed to the crash.
Because Washington follows a “pure” theory of comparative negligence, there is no threshold at which you are prohibited from receiving compensation. You can be more than half at fault, and if another party is also to blame, you can still receive compensation.
However, your compensation will be reduced if you are determined to be partially at fault. In other words, if you have damages valued at $500,000 but you are determined to be 10% at fault, then your ward will be reduced by 10% for a reduced total of $450,000.
While it is good news that you can still recover compensation if you are partly at fault, you will need to fight back against a comparative negligence claim in order to maximize your compensation.
Let a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help You
After a crash, you do not have to handle everything alone. You do not need to stress yourself out over the insurance claim process and possibility of going to court. The lawyers and staff at Menzer Law Firm are here to guide you through these processes and fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Menzer Law Firm at (206) 903-1818 or use the online form to request a free case review.