Accident statistics indicate motorcyclists are 6.5 times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident, and more than 8 times more likely to receive major injuries than occupants in a vehicle. While motorcyclists are afforded the same rights as other drivers on the road and cars are expected to respect the right-of-way laws and other traffic laws when it comes to motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, many drivers do not exercise a high level of caution when it comes to sharing the roads with motorcyclists.
Accidents can occur, and the motorcycle rider is often the one left with catastrophic or fatal injuries. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to face the insurance companies alone to obtain fair and equitable compensation.
Motorcycle accident victims often suffer from:
Motorcycle crashes are deadly, dangerous, and far too common. As a rider, you may be able to avoid being in a deadly collision by understanding how most motorcycle accidents occur.
In many police accident reports, drivers who strike motorcyclists often claim that they never saw the motorcycle in the first place. It underlines a widespread problem of drivers simply not knowing the right-of-way rules around motorcycles on the streets.
A motorcycle should be treated as if it is a full-sized car, granted right-of-way when applicable in all situations, such as at multi-stop intersections, left-turns, and merging. People also tend to not “see” a motorcycle despite looking right at it, especially if they are distracted by cellphone use behind the wheel. Expecting to see two headlights and a large, boxy vehicle in their mirrors or blind spots, a driver may virtually look right through a motorcyclist.
One of the primary factors in any motorcycle accident case is determining what caused the crash. If your crash happened because another person or party was negligent in some way, the law gives you the right to seek financial relief from that party. Negligence occurs when another party owes you a specific duty of care and fails to uphold that duty, resulting in an accident that caused your injuries.
Drivers owe motorcyclists – like all other motorists – the duty to operate their cars and trucks in a reasonably safe manner. When a driver makes a mistake or acts carelessly, he or she may be found negligent if the crash caused harm.
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Unfortunately, in cases involving motorcycle accidents, the insurance companies often blame the victim. They assume that the rider was being reckless or negligent and that he or she is to blame for his or her own injuries. Of course, this assumption is often severely misguided. Motorcycle accidents are frequently the result of other drivers’ mistakes. From driving under the influence of texting and using social media behind the wheel, drivers routinely make mistakes that put motorcycle riders’ lives at risk.
But, what if you were partially at fault? What if you were riding beyond your limits, or what if you were speeding so that you could get to work on time? Under the “comparative fault” laws of Washington, you may still be entitled to financial compensation. You can recover partial compensation regardless of who was primarily responsible.
Suppose your damages total $100,000 (which could easily be the case after an accident in which you went down). Let’s also assume that, under the circumstances of the accident, you would be deemed 50% at fault in the crash. In Washington, you would still be entitled to the financial recovery of $50,000.
However, regardless of the circumstances involved, you should never assume that you were at fault in a collision. Even if you made a mistake, this mistake could have been entirely irrelevant to the cause of the crash. In order to determine who was at fault and how much you are entitled to recover, you need to speak with a lawyer, and you need to do so before you say anything to the insurance companies that could jeopardize your claim.
We can provide you the guidance necessary to pursue the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.