Motorcycle drivers are often exposed to situations in which there is a possibility of serious injuries from a motorcycle accident. If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Washington State, you may be facing severe injuries, physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardships. You may need an empathetic lawyer with superior skill necessary to defend your rights when your insurance company pushes away from you.
Our attorneys have history helping injured motorcyclists in Washington obtain fair compensation after accidents. Our Washington based motorcycle lawyers can assist you with questions about motorcycle repair or replacement, dealing with insurance adjusters, making sure your medical bills are paid, documenting your lost work and wages, and obtaining a fair settlement.
Road accidents, including motorcycle accidents, typically occur because of the negligence of a person involved. Motorcyclists are especially susceptible to accidents because motorcycle drivers are often overlooked by other drivers due to their size. Often times the injuries received in a motorcycle accident are serious, long-lasting and catastrophic because the motorcycle operator does not receive adequate protection from serious injury like the operator of an automobile does.
There are a variety of laws regarding motorcycle accidents, so if you are involved in a motorcycle accident it is a good idea to contact a lawyer with experience in motorcycle accidents. A skillful attorney will make sure no one, including the insurance company, tramples your rights.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:
- The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.
- 54% of all reported fatal motorcycle crashes occurring nationally in 2008 involved multiple vehicle crashes and 46% occurred in single-vehicle crashes.
- Five crash types account for 86% of fatal motorcycle crashes: motorcycle runs-off-road 41%, motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control 18%, head-on collision 11%, car turns in front of cycle 8% and motorcycle goes down in roadway 7%.
- Forty-three percent of deaths in single-vehicle motorcycle crashes in 2008 included drivers with blood alcohol concentration at or above 0.08%.
- 91% of motorcycle deaths in 2008 were males. 64% of the females who died in a motorcycle crash were passengers. 99% of males who died were drivers.