Kirkland Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Injuries from motorcycle accidents can be serious. There is no question that when motorcycles crash with other types of passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders get the worst of it.
Motorcycle fatality accidents have been increasing in Washington. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC) reports over 90 motorcycle riders died in crashes in 2019 and again in 2020 – the most in any single year since 1982.
At Law Offices of Joseph Rome we understand the appeal of motorcycle riding and can sympathize with the traffic situations motorcyclists frequently find themselves in. Our Kirkland motorcycle accident attorney represents motorcyclists injured in accidents involving other motorists.
When Does a Motorcycle Accident Result in a Personal Injury Claim?
If you were riding a motorcycle and got injured in an accident that was not 100% your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim and get compensation for the damage you experienced.
Under Washington law, an injured party is allowed to recover the percentage of their damages equal to the amount of fault of other parties. Even someone 99% responsible for their own injuries could still recover 1% of their damages.
Determining the Cause of Motorcycle Accidents
The cause of a motorcycle accident can be apportioned among the various people involved. A party’s ability to recover will be limited by the percentage of fault attributed to them.
The statistics in Washington show that about 2/3rds of the motorcycle accidents that result in fatalities involve other motor vehicles. The statistics also show that 75% of the time there is some behavior on the part of a motorcycle driver that contributes to the accident.
Motorcycle drivers may be accused of contributing to their injuries in the following ways.
- alcohol or drug impairment
- unsafe driving practices
- driver inexperience
It is critical that a motorcyclist be able to successfully defend accusations of contributing to their accident because the percentage of fault directly correlates to the amount that can be recovered.
This is why it is so important to work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney early in the claims process.
Common Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents
The big reason that motorcycle accidents result in such severe injuries to riders is because there is nothing about a motorcycle that protects the rider in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists are often separated from their bikes during an accident and any combination of factors will determine the extent of the injury.
Certain types of injuries are commonly seen in motorcycle accidents.
- traumatic brain injury/head injury
- spinal cord injury
- neck/back injury
- leg injury
- internal injury
Compensation You Can Recover for Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Damages that can be compensated in a motorcycle accident include both economic damages – such as medical expenses and lost income – and non-economic damages – such as pain & suffering.
How We Can Help?
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, an insurance company is going to want to establish fault for the accident quickly in order to try and limit how much they have to pay. It is a huge advantage to have someone on your side early on that is familiar with insurance company tactics.
The Kirkland motorcycle accident lawyer at Law Offices of Joseph Rome has seen what can happen when vulnerable people get taken advantage of. We won’t let it happen to you.
We will analyze your motorcycle accident and prepare a convincing argument minimizing your responsibility to the greatest possible extent. Then we will establish how severely your injuries have impacted your life and recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.