Motorcycle accidents can be devastating. Many motorcyclists who are involved in a crash in Washington State suffer severe injuries, physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardships. The serious injuries and large medical bills that motorcycle accident victims face can affect their entire future.
Attorney Chris Davis is one of the most respected and recognized motorcycle accident lawyers practicing in Washington State. Davis Law Group has been named Best Injury Law Firm in Washington State by AI Dispute Resolution Awards.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington contact Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 to discuss your case for free.
Motorcycle Accident Settlements & Verdicts
Below are just a few of Davis Law Group's many motorcycle cases.
$1,200,000 Motorcycle Hit By Motor Vehicle (Case No. 201094, Insurance: State Farm)
$1,000,000 Motorcycle Hit Head-On By Car Making Illegal U-Turn (Case No. 200566, Insurance: Allstate)
$795,000 Motorcycle Hit By SUV (Case No. 200925, Insurance: GEICO)
$750,000 Settlement Motorcycle Injury Accident Read The Client Story
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Hiring The Right Motorcycle Lawyer
Not all motorcycle accident victims need the assistance of a lawyer, but it may be in your best interests to at least discuss your case with an attorney to evaluate your options. There are a variety of laws regarding motorcycle accidents, so if you are searching for an attorney, make sure the one you choose has experience with motorcycle accident cases. A qualified and experienced attorney will make sure no one, including the insurance company, takes advantage of your legal rights.
Washington State Motorcycle Laws
Washington State's motorcycle laws are comprehensive and cover numerous areas from required motocycle safety equipment; rider safety gear; and insurance requirements. The following is a brief summary.
- Motorcycles in Washington state are required to have a muffler.
- Washington State has a maximum sound levels for motorcycles of 86 to 105 DB depending on cycle specificiations.
- All motorcycles must have two side-view mirrors.
- Motorcycle handlebars cannot be hieghter than 30 inches above the seat.
- Washington state requires that motorcycles have turn signals unless they were not originally included on the bike.
- Only those motorycles that have both a passenger seat and passenger footrest are permitted to caryr passengers.
- Washington state law allows as many as two motorcycles to share a lane.
- In Washington state motorcycles are not permitted to pass vehicles between lanes.
- Motorcyclists and passengers in Washington State are required to wear helmets.
What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?
A majority of traffic accidents, including motorcycle accidents, typically occur because of the negligence of one or more people involved. Motorcyclists are especially at-risk of being hurt in an accident because motorcycles 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 motorcycles do not provide riders with adequate protection from serious injury like an automobile does.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
The following is a collection of motorcycle accident-related statistics, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
- 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 exiting the roadway (41%), motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control (18%), head-on collision with another vehicle (11%), car turns in front of motorcycle (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.
2016 Washington Motorcycle Crash Data
- Fatal Motorcycle Crashes - 77
- Suspected Serious Injury Collisions - 363
- Possible/Suspected Injury Accidents - 1,398
- No Apparent Injury Incidents - 426
- Total Motorcycle Involved Crashes - 2,264
References & Citations
Beck, Laurie F., Ann M. Dellinger, and Mary E. O'Neil. "Motor Vehicle Crash Injury Rates by Mode of Travel, United States: Using Exposure-Based Methods to Quantify Differences." American Journal of Epidemiology. Oxford University Press, 21 Apr. 2007. Web. <https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/166/2/212/98784/Motor-Vehicle-Crash-Injury-Rates-by-Mode-of-Travel>.
"Motorcycle Accident Fatality Statistics." Washington Traffic Safety Commission; Research and Data Division (RADD). Washington Traffic Safety Commission; Research and Data Division (RADD), n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017. <http://wtsc.wa.gov/programs-priorities/motorcycles>.
"Motorcycle Accidents." Highway Loss Data Institute. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), n.d. Web. <http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/motorcycles/topicoverview>.
"Motorcycle Safety, Training & Endorsement | It's A Fine Line - Motorcycle Safety." It's A Fine Line. Target Zero – Washington State, n.d. Web. <http://itsafineline.com/>.
"MSF Basic RiderCourse." Motorcycle Safety Foundation. Motorcycle Safety Foundation, n.d. Web. <http://www.msf-usa.org/>.
"Washington State Motorcycle Licensing." WA State Licensing (DOL) Official Site. Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL), n.d. Web. <http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/motorcycles.html>.
Below are just a few of Davis Law Group's many motorcycle cases.
- $1,200,000 Motorcycle Hit By Motor Vehicle (Case No. 201094, Insurance: State Farm)
- $1,000,000 Motorcycle Hit Head-On By Car Making Illegal U-Turn (Case No. 200566, Insurance: Allstate)
- $795,000 Motorcycle Hit By SUV (Case No. 200925, Insurance: GEICO)
- $750,000 Settlement Motorcycle Injury Accident Read The Client Story
- $250,000 Motorcycle Rider Hit By Car On Highway 2 (Case No. 200937, Insurance: Middlesex)
- $250,000 Settlement for Motorcycle Accident Rider - Herniated Disc
- $200,000 Motorcycle Collision With Turning Vehicle (Case No. 200835, Insurance: Allstate)
- $200,000 Motorcyclist T-Boned By Speeding Car (Case No. 201353, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $180,000 Motorcycle Rear-Ended At Stop Lisght (Case No. 200528, Insurance: State Farm)
- $100,000 Motorcycle Hit Car That Ran Red Light (Case No. 201167, Insurance Company: State Farm)
- $100,000 Motorcycle Hit By Car Making Unsafe Turn (Case No. 201428, Insurance: GEICO)
- $100,000 Motorcycle Crash Into Car Making Usafe Turn (Case No. 201002, Insurance: State Farm)
- $100,000 Motorcycle Accident Caused By Car (Case No. 201296, Insurance: Safeco)
- $77,295 Motorcycle Hit By Car In Boeing Parking Lot (Case No. 200875, Insurance: American Family)
- $70,000 Motorcycle Cut Off My Car (Case No. 200616, Insurance: Safeco)
- $50,000 Motorcycle Rear-Ended On Street (Case No. 200619, Insurance: GEICO)
- $50,000 Motorcycle Hit Head-On By Motor Vehicle (Case No. 200800, Insurance: Mutual of Enumclaw)
- $50,000 Motorcycle Hit By Vehicle Making U-Turn (Case No. 201202, Insurance: Ameriprise)