Tacoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Providing Legal Services to the Tacoma Community
All motor vehicle accidents are scary and have the potential to cause life-threatening injuries. But motorcycle accidents are even worse. Because riders are more prone to serious injuries or death, the insurance companies tend to offer little to motorcyclists. And the law sometimes takes a bias against riders of motorcycles, viewing the cyclists as adrenaline junkies and unnecessary risk-takers.
For this reason, motorcyclists must hire Tacoma motorcycle accident lawyers who respect their client’s decisions and legal rights, both in terms of personal injury claims and their chosen mode of motor vehicle transportation. A motorcyclist is not a criminal or a felon, and they should be afforded all the same considerations that other motorists receive on the road and in the courtrooms.
At the law offices of the South Sound Law Group in Washington State, our personal injury and accident attorneys are well-versed in the laws and biases which concern motorcycle accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you likely needed to receive emergency medical care, and we know that kind of aid does not come cheap. If the other driver was at-fault for the accident, or if poor maintenance and road hazards led to the crash, then your lawyer will make it their mission to see to it that the responsible parties are held liable.
With the help of a lawyer from our law firm, it is possible that your accident claim may result in you receiving compensation that can pay off any medical expenses, so that you will be allowed to recover without worrying about how to handle the bills.
Please contact the South Sound Law Group to schedule a free consultation.
What Injuries Are Commonly Seen in a Motorcycle Crash?
A collision between a car and a motorcycle may be frightening and dangerous for both motorists. However, the driver of the car has a seat belt, an airbag, safety glass, and a chassis that was built to withstand crashes and rollovers. The motorcyclist, by comparison, only has their helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, hopefully, a leather jacket, and their training to help them prepare for what to do in case of a collision.
Motorcyclists are more at-risk for injuries and could be badly hurt or even killed in a crash.
Common injuries in a motorcycle accident include:
- Broken bones are common for motorcyclists who crash or wipe out.
- Burns, cuts, and lacerations, sometimes causing disfigurement.
- Complete or partial paralysis, typically caused by damage to the spine.
- Dental injury.
- Emotional trauma resulting from a crash, sometimes causing anxiety, depression, a change in personality, and loss of quality of life.
- Internal bleeding and damage to internal organs.
- Muscle damage.
- Road rash (this is why you see a lot of riders wearing leather, as it protects the flesh from the blacktop at least a little).
- Severed limbs. Sometimes the limbs are severed during the accident, other times they must be amputated to save the person.
- Traumatic brain injury, which may leave the rider in a coma or otherwise incapacitated.
Both your emotional and physical pain and suffering matter. Your lawyer will attempt to determine who was at fault for the motorcycle accident by examining evidence left at the scene so that they may build a case that results in you receiving the maximum settlement for your claim. If the other driver or at-fault parties dispute the charges of your claim, your lawyer may pursue compensation for damages by filing a lawsuit and taking the case to trial.
For more information, please schedule a free consultation.
What Are Common Causes for Motorcycle Accidents in the State of Washington?
In recent years, Washington State has seen a gradual uptick in the number of crashes, which resulted in serious bodily harm and fatalities for motorcyclists. There are, on average, about 70 motorcyclists killed every year on the roads in Washington. One in every five crashes results in a fatality.
Though the most common cause for a motorcycle accident both in Washington and across the United States as a whole is speeding, that is by no means the only frequently seen cause for a collision or crash.
Common causes for a motorcycle accident include:
- Driver negligence, distracted driving, and drowsy driving.
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs.
- Manufacturer defects and vehicle disrepair.
- Missing or damaged traffic signage.
- Road hazards like potholes, road construction, missing guardrails, and debris.
- Weather conditions making for unsafe driving conditions.
Many drivers on the road claim not to have seen the motorcycle that they hit. Either they drifted into the motorcycle’s lane while the motorcyclist was in their blind spot, or someone was moving at an unsafe speed. It is true that a motorcycle is smaller than other vehicles on the road. Other drivers need to understand that they share the streets with vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
The plain, simple fact is that your motorcycle accident likely could have and should have been avoidable. Schedule a free consultation with our firm to better understand the process of pursuing your legal case.
Can a Lawyer Help You Recover Compensation and Lost Wages Following a Motorcycle Accident?
While we would like to think that our insurance company has our best interests at heart, that is often simply not the case. While you receive medical care to help you recover, your insurance company is looking for ways they can save money. Similarly, while we want to hope that our employers have our back when we’re out with an injury following an accident, often, they are already looking to replace us.
You want a lawyer to help you with your case.
The attorneys of South Sound Law Group will work with insurance to try to get them to pay the proper amount for any damages you’ve received. We will also strive to ensure that you are provided compensation for any lost wages while you are out of work. If road hazards or debris caused the motorcycle accident, then we will file a lawsuit that seeks to hold those responsible for the hazards accountable in a legal trial. If vehicle or motorcycle manufacturer defects led to the accident, we will also take them to trial.
Our attorneys will review the scene of the incident to better determine who was at fault and build a case that will make them responsible for your medical care.
Schedule a free consultation today.
Call Our Tacoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
Motorcyclists who’ve been injured have the legal right to seek a settlement for the pain they’ve endured. Our attorneys at the South Sound Law Group will help you through the process, from the initial claim to a courtroom trial if need be.
For more information, please schedule a free case evaluation today by calling us at 253-465-2722.