Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits in Washington State
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Motorcyclists have almost no protection from dangerous drivers, potholes and other road hazards. When motorcyclists are involved in collisions, there is a much higher chance of catastrophic injuries or death. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by inattentive or negligent motorists who failed to spot motorcyclists in time to avoid a collision. However, potholes, construction work and truck drivers who fail to secure cargo may also cause accidents.
Motorcycle accident survivors may suffer injuries that lead to extensive financial, emotional and psychological damages. Some may require specialized medical care and may be unable to return to work, sometimes permanently. For this reason, it is crucial for motorcycle accident survivors or their family members to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Evidence important to your potential case can disappear from the scene of the accident days or even hours after the crash. An attorney can help preserve this evidence and uncover additional evidence.
If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in such an accident, then contact a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance. We can help you determine whether you have legal options to pursue compensation for your damages. Attorney Zach Herschensohn has experience with cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics on Fatalities and Injuries
Although early projections show that motorcycle fatalities have decreased in recent years, more than 5,000 people died in motorcycle crashes in 2016 alone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), that’s an increase of 5 percent from 2015 — and it’s still far too many for comfort.
In 2016, a motorcyclist was 28 times more likely to die in an accident than drivers in traditional automobile accidents. Indeed, even though motorcyclists represent only 3 percent of all motor vehicle drivers, they account for 14 percent of all traffic-related fatalities.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, some involving at-fault drivers, defective products or road hazards. The most common include:
- A lack of visual recognition. Because motorcycles are so much smaller than other vehicles, they move across the road more easily. They can also make their way into blind spots without warning. Nearly 70 percent of all motorcycle/automobile accidents occur at intersections where automobile drivers simply didn’t see the motorcyclist.
- Frequent road hazards. The size of motorcycles makes them more susceptible to potholes, debris, and blown tires. Because motorcyclists must quickly veer out of the way of these hazards, they risk running into another vehicle or becoming severely injured upon impact.
- High-speed risks. Accidents caused by high-speed usually take place when a motorcyclist loses control of his/her vehicle, often due to the wobbling of the front tire. In some cases, the manufacturer of the motorcycle may be held responsible for a defect.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by one of these mistakes, a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer can help determine the amount of compensation you may be eligible to receive.
Common Motorcycle Injuries
Common motorcycle accident injuries can range from minor burns to fatal complications. These include:
- Head injuries. This is perhaps the most common type of motorcycle accident injury. Head injuries could range from a cracked skull to a traumatic brain injury that could prove fatal. However, impact forces can still cause brain injuries even if a motorcyclist is wearing a helmet.
- Broken bones. These often result from motorcycle/automobile accidents, particularly when motorcycle drivers are thrown to the pavement. Broken bones may affect the arms, legs, hips, feet, or wrists.
- Road rash. This painful injury takes place when motorcyclists slide across the pavement after being thrown from a motorcycle. The severity of the injury might depend on the type of clothing the rider was wearing at the time of the accident.
- Spinal cord injuries. High-impact forces can very easily damage the spinal cord, even if a motorcyclist is wearing protective gear. Spinal cord injuries may be complete or incomplete and can occur on different areas of the spinal cord, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis.
Building Your Motorcycle Accident Case
As with other negligence cases, in order to win a personal injury lawsuit following a motorcycle accident, you must prove the negligent driver had a duty of care. You must also prove the driver violated that duty of care in a way that directly caused your injuries.
Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney for Representation
Have you or a loved one been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness? Contact an experienced Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer for assistance and representation at Herschensohn Law PLLC by calling (206) 588-4344.