Motorcycles offer the rider a sense of freedom that few other experiences can match. Unfortunately, because few motorists watch out for motorcycles, they are deadly dangerous even if you try to drive safely. At Davis Law Group, P.S., we understand this unique blend of exhilaration and risk.
Our Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers are dedicated to championing the rights of injured motorcycle riders and, under even more tragic circumstances, their grieving loved ones. We recognize that you deserve nothing less than our unwavering support and expertise. We ensure that every client we represent has access to clear, competent, and compassionate legal counsel.
Davis Law Group, P.S.’s credentials speak for themselves. For example, we were recently honored as a ‘Best Personal Injury Law Firm’ in the State of Washington by Lawyer International’s Legal 100. We were also named ‘Best Injury Law Firm’ in Washington state by AI Legal Awards, which also presented us with the Award for Excellence in Personal Injury Law.
Ultimately, however, none of that matters unless you end up with a full settlement in your bank account. Our experienced Seattle personal injury lawyers can help you make that happen by:
The foregoing list represents little more than the tip of an iceberg of ways we can help you win your claim and obtain its full value. The kinds of assistance we can offer depend largely on the specific facts surrounding your claim. Learn more by contacting us today in Seattle, Washington, for a free case review.
There are many causes of motorcycle accidents, including:
The above list only scratches the surface of the numerous causes of motorcycle accidents.
Common motorcycle accident injuries include:
Among these, head injuries are typically by far the most serious.
Motorcycle accident victims frequently rely on the following types of evidence to prove their claims:
Many other types of evidence are possible as well. Our legal team can handle the entirety of your legal claim while you focus on your recovery. Call today to schedule your free consultation.
Yes, but they will lose some of their compensation. In a worst-case scenario, a motorcycle accident victim might walk away with only a fraction of their money damages if they are blamed successfully.
Under Washington State’s pure comparative negligence doctrine, a court will apportion damages amount the parties on a percentage basis. That means if you are assigned 40% of the blame for your crash, your damages can be reduced by 40%.
Hiring a lawyer can benefit you significantly, as they can work to minimize the amount of shared responsibility you are assigned.
There are two main types of damages you can get in a motorcycle accident claim: economic and economic. “Pain and suffering” damages are a key component of your non-economic damages and represent compensation for mental, emotional, and physical suffering (like road rash, for example). The two most important ways of calculating pain and suffering damages are:
The difficulty here, of course, is determining the value of the variables (the per diem value or the multiplier).
Vicarious liability refers to the situation where one party bears liability for the wrongdoing of someone else. The typical vicarious liability case arises when an employer bears liability for the negligence of their employee.
In a motorcycle accident, this might happen if, for example, a delivery driver runs a motorcyclist off the road. For employee vicarious liability to apply, the driver must have been acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident.
Washington state law recognizes three types of product defects–design defects, manufacturing defects, and inadequate warnings. Under strict product liability law, you can sue the manufacturer for a motorcycle defect even if the defect was not the manufacturer’s fault (it might be a design defect, for example). Under most circumstances, you can also sue distributors without proving fault.
Maximum medical improvement (MMI) is the point, certified by a doctor, when your medical condition has already improved as much as it ever will. Typically, personal injury lawyers advise their clients to wait until they reach MMI to file a personal injury claim. In such cases, there are usually little or no future medical expenses.
In some cases, it is not practical to wait. If not, you might need to hire an expert medical witness to estimate your future medical expenses. You might also need your medical records as well as testimony from your doctor.
“Diminished earning capacity” is represented by the cumulative amount of money you will lose as a result of an injury that impairs your ability to earn money. The most serious case of diminished earning capacity occurs when a young worker must retire due to their injuries. Typically, you need an expert witness to calculate diminished earning capacity.
Road rash is a kind of skin abrasion. It is often caused by a motorcycle accident when the rider’s body skids along the pavement before coming to rest. Road rash can be painful but not terribly serious, or it can be life-threatening.
The most serious road rash can even expose bone. The best way to prevent road rash, other than by avoiding an accident, is by wearing protective clothing.
If your loved one dies from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, whether immediately or some time later, the estate executor can file a wrongful death lawsuit for monetary damages.
The estate executor is usually a close relative–typically the surviving spouse if there is one. Typically, the victim’s will names the executor. If not, the probate court will select the executor.
Lane splitting is sharing a single lane with another vehicle. Motorcycles do this frequently. This practice is illegal in Washington state and in almost every other state as well. If your lane-splitting causes an accident, you could bear liability.
The question becomes to what extent were you responsible for your own injuries. If you suffered extensive head injuries that you would not have suffered had you been wearing a helmet, you might receive no compensation at all for your head injuries.
However, you could still receive compensation for other injuries, at least to the extent that the defendant’s negligence caused them.
Worried that you can’t afford us? Fortunately, you don’t need any money upfront to hire us. All you need is a strong claim. We won’t charge you a dime unless we win compensation for you, either in court or at the settlement table. Your claim will almost certainly be resolved at the settlement table.
If we win (and we almost always do), your legal fees will amount to a pre-agreed percentage of the amount you win. Contact our Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers today to schedule your free consultation. Reach out to us online or call us 24/7.
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