If You Were Injured in a Motorcycle Wreck in the Seattle Area, Call Us
At the Quick Law Group, PLLC, in Kirkland, WA, a motorcycle accident attorney can use our years of experience handling personal injury cases to help our clients receive full and fair money damages to which they are entitled if they are part of the growing number of motorcyclists injured each year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 4 million motorcycles registered in the United States. Although there are many more cars than motorcycles on our roads, it does not mean that motorcyclists are any less entitled to the protection provided by traffic laws.
We Represent People Injured on a Motorcycle — Never the Insurance Company
Motorcycle riders are typically injured when an automobile driver engages in negligent and reckless behavior behind the wheel, including:
- Failing to check mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes
- Failure to yield the right of way to a motorcyclist entering the lane of traffic
- Speeding, illegal lane changes and other acts of reckless driving
- Following too close to the rear of a motorcycle
- Becoming distracted on a cellphone, texting or eating while driving
- Improperly merging without signaling intent
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Insurance companies know that they often have jury prejudice against motorcyclists on their side. Insurance defense lawyers employ strategies that point the blame at the biker for reckless behavior and failure to follow the rules of the road. Our Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer works with independent experts when necessary to investigate and prepare the strongest case possible to overcome the bias and roadblocks insurance companies use in their favor.
Devastating Injuries and Property Damage
The damage caused in a motorcycle accident is usually more serious than the damage from a car wreck. This is true for both the personal injuries sustained, as well as the damage done to the property.
The protective gear worn by the driver does not offer as much protection as the steel frame of a car. While state law mandates riders must wear a helmet, this protective device does not guard the neck adequately which means spinal injuries are not uncommon. Brain injury can still occur in severe cases.
Most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the rider, yet they suffer the brunt of the injuries. In order to recover fully, a strong position has to be taken. Put your trust in a qualified personal injury attorney.
A motorcycle driver is also not encased in a car, making them more likely to be thrown from the cycle to the pavement, at a high rate of speed. This can cause broken bones, road rash, and even burns. Even though many riders wear thick denim or leather, these materials are generally no match for asphalt. The motorcycle itself is smaller than a passenger car, so when it is hit by another moving object, it is more likely to become mangled and twisted. This type of personal property damage is typically a total loss, as repair is unlikely.
What Types of Damages are Available?
Damages for injuries and property damage in a motorcycle accident are designed in much the same way damages for other motor vehicle accidents are designed: to help the victim return to their previous quality of life. The most commonly sought types of damages in motorcycle accidents include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Future medical care needs, such as therapy and rehabilitative services
- Loss of future earnings, if a full recovery cannot be made and the victim is unable to return to the same or similar job position and pay
An experienced attorney can you maximize your compensation.
Steps to Take After an Accident
In order to receive the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled, which can be quite high in a motorcycle accident, you need to take certain steps:
- Seeking immediate medical attention.
- Gathering evidence, including photos of the scene and the police report.
- Keeping track of your medical orders, so you can show what the treatment plan includes.
You can expect the recovery from an injury sustained in a motorcycle accident to be long and extensive. You are entitled to recover the cost of any treatment and ongoing care needs, as well as the costs of treatment provided on the scene and shortly thereafter. Proof of these costs is most times found in your medical history and billing.
Contact Our Office
From our offices in Kirkland, personal injury lawyer Elizabeth Quick represents clients in King County, Snohomish County and communities throughout the Seattle metro area and Puget Sound region in Northwest Washington. Contact us by e-mail to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Kirkland motorcycle accident attorney today.