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Answers to Your Motorcycle Accident Questions

Attorney Zach Herschensohn knows how to help injury victims get results

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s likely that you have a lot of the same questions other injured riders have had as well. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has a firm grip on the laws in Washington state and has used that knowledge to help injury victims throughout the Seattle metro area win millions through settlements and verdicts. Read the answers to these frequently asked questions – and if you’re injured in a collision, make sure to let Herschensohn Law Firm, PLLC review the details of your case. We can help you fight for maximum compensation. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Do I need a motorcycle accident lawyer?

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else, you should talk to an experienced attorney to make sure your legal rights are protected. Insurance companies are notorious for offering minimal compensation to injured riders. Sometimes, they’ll even try to argue the accident was your fault and offer you nothing at all. That’s why having an attorney on your side is so important. A lawyer can:

  • Investigate your crash
  • Gather evidence to build your case
  • Locate and interview witnesses
  • Handle communications with the insurance company
  • Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
  • File all necessary paperwork
  • Fight for you in court, if necessary

Studies have shown that those who don’t hire a lawyer to help them manage their claim end up with significantly less in compensation than those who do decide to let an attorney represent them.

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How much does an attorney cost?

Injury attorneys work for clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay any fees until and unless you win your case. If you’re awarded a cash settlement or receive compensation from a verdict, you’ll be assessed attorney fees and have to pay for any costs that were advanced by the lawyer while working on your case. The standard percentage for attorney fees is anywhere from 25-40 percent of your financial award, depending on the case and the firm.

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What is the average settlement for a motorcycle accident?

The amount of financial compensation you receive in a cash settlement or jury award is depends on what damages you can prove were caused by your accident. Your case might net you hundreds, thousands, or maybe even millions. It all depends on the nature of your crash and what losses you suffered as a result. If you were injured in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past, current, and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages from missed time at work
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Damage to your motorcycle

Depending on your specific situation, you may also be entitled to noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of quality of life.

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Can you get pain and suffering for a motorcycle accident?

Pain and suffering falls under the legal category of noneconomic damages, meaning it’s not something that has a set number attached to it like a bill from your doctor’s office. If you’ve suffered a serious, debilitating or permanent injury as a result of your motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue damages for pain and suffering.

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Do you handle wrongful death claims?

If your family has lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, attorney Zach Herschensohn can help you find answers and pursue the compensation your family deserves. There’s no amount of money that can bring back your loved one – but holding the responsible party accountable for their actions is an important step toward gaining closure. A wrongful death lawsuit may include compensation for:

  • The deceased family member’s pain and suffering
  • The deceased family member’s medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The deceased family member’s expected income
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium

There’s nothing worse than losing a loved one in a preventable accident. Attorney Zach Herschensohn understands how difficult it can be to cope with the loss of a family member and is ready to help you seek justice. Contact our law firm to explore your options. Everything you tell us will remain 100 percent private and confidential.

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What is the deadline for motorcycle accident claims in Washington state?

The statute of limitations (that is, the legal deadline) to file a personal injury claim from a motorcycle accident in Washington state is three years from the date of your accident. There are a few rare exceptions, but in general, after three years have passed, you have no legal recourse. That’s why it’s critical that you contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected.

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