Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
After a motorcycle accident, it can be hard to see past the pain and immediate stressors to a brighter future. Allow a Seattle motorcycle crash lawyer to help you understand how to move forward with your life.
After you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to be reminded of how painful motorcycle crash injuries can be. You don’t have to be told that your recovery is likely to be difficult, long, and expensive. You already know you’ve been unfairly saddled with all the costs of your crash.
But here’s something you may need to be reminded of: If your motorcycle crash was someone else’s fault, you may be eligible for compensation to cover all of your accident-related expenses and hardships.
If you choose to file a personal injury claim to get that compensation, you’re likely to hit a few metaphorical bumps in the road. But with the help of a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates, you can overcome those obstacles and win the compensation you’re owed.
The Causes of Seattle Motorcycle Accidents
After you’ve been discharged from the hospital and have decided to seek compensation for your Seattle motorcycle wreck, the next step you and your lawyer will take is figuring out what caused your crash. Even if the cause seems obvious, it’s important to clearly identify all contributing factors so you can accurately name all the responsible parties in your claim for compensation.
The following are some common causes of motorcycle crashes:
- Inattentive Drivers – Drivers of cars and trucks have tuned their brains to detect other cars and trucks—not motorcycles. Unfortunately, this problem leads to many motorcycle crashes in Seattle and elsewhere. But not seeing you is not an excuse for hitting you; you can hold inattentive drivers accountable for their actions or inaction.
- Drunk and Drowsy Drivers – Driving drunk is illegal, and although drowsy driving isn’t against the law, both behaviors can be considered negligent when they cause a motorcycle crash. Being drunk or drowsy while behind the wheel of a car is only going to slow reaction times and make drivers more likely to hit motorcyclists and other drivers.
- Hazardous Roads – Because of their small size, motorcycles are particularly vulnerable to potholes, uneven lanes, and other road hazards. In most cases, local government agencies are tasked with keeping roads safe for travel—for all motorists, not just the drivers of cars—so they can be held accountable if unsafe roads caused your wreck.
- Problems with Your Motorcycle – Perhaps you saw traffic stopped ahead and pressed on your brakes, only to find that your motorcycle would not slow down. If that or something similar caused your Seattle motorcycle accident, a faulty part could be to blame. That likely means the manufacturer of your motorcycle made a mistake, and you can hold that company accountable.
Fighting Back Against Unfair Stereotypes
Once you have identified the cause of your motorcycle accident, it’s time to press the responsible party for the compensation you deserve. In many cases, the responsible party will have insurance, so you and your lawyer will be dealing with the insurance company.
Unfortunately for motorcycle accident victims, insurers employ particularly shady tactics when dealing with motorcycle crash claims. More specifically, they often try to use the infamous “reckless biker” stereotype to pin some or all of the blame on you. That’s part of their unending effort to avoid compensating victims fairly.
Your Seattle motorcycle crash attorney will know that this stereotype is unfair and untrue and will see the insurer’s tactics coming from miles away. We’ll fight back and fight back hard to make sure you’re treated fairly.
What You Stand to Win
This is the really important part for most injured motorcyclists. After all, the whole point of filing a claim for compensation is receiving the compensation you need to get your life back in order.
Having an experienced lawyer on your side at this stage is going to be particularly important. That’s because if you don’t ask for something in your claim, you’re not going to recover compensation for it. If you forget or fail to recognize a damage you’ve suffered, you’re out of luck.
However, a qualified Seattle motorcycle collision attorney will not overlook any potential damages you might have suffered. He or she can also help you calculate the value of intangible damages that can be difficult to quantify, such as pain and suffering.
The following are some common damages listed in Seattle motorcycle accident claims:
- All medical expenses, including projected expenses
- Repair or replacement of your motorcycle
- Wages you lost during your recovery
- Income you will lose in the future because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death
Seattle Motorcycle Accident FAQ
Most motorcycle accident victims have questions at some point in their pursuit of the compensation they deserve. We make it a priority to answer any and all questions our Seattle clients have. If you find that you have questions in addition to the ones below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Craig Swapp & Associates.
I wasn’t wearing a helmet when I crashed. Can I still recover compensation?
Unlike a handful of other states, Washington requires motorcycle riders to wear helmets. If you weren’t wearing a helmet at the time of your crash, you may still be able to pursue compensation, but you’re likely going to be considered responsible for any injuries to your head or brain.
Still, if the other driver holds more responsibility or is to blame for injuries to other parts of your body, you should be able to seek compensation.
My Seattle motorcycle accident was two years ago. Can I still file a claim?
You’re in luck. Washington sets a deadline on personal injury claims of three years from the date of the accident. So, if your Seattle motorcycle crash happened two years ago, you still have a year to find a lawyer and file your claim.
However, it’s important to get started as quickly as possible. Assembling a strong claim takes time, and you don’t want to rush it when your compensation is on the line.
I think the other driver was texting when he caused my motorcycle crash. How can I find out?
Texting while driving is considered distracted driving, and that’s a negligent behavior for which drivers can be held accountable. But how do you prove someone was texting when they crashed into your motorcycle?
Depending on what’s available, your Seattle motorcycle wreck attorney will examine the evidence to prove that another driver’s distracted driving caused your motorcycle crash. This evidence could include traffic cam photos and videos and the driver’s cell phone records.
Consult with a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorney
The process of pursuing compensation after a motorcycle accident is not easy. In fact, it’s difficult. And it’s even harder if you choose to try it without the help of a lawyer. Conversely, working with a lawyer can ease the stress of this undertaking and boost your chance of recovering the compensation you desperately need.
At Craig Swapp & Associates, we’re committed to providing excellent and effective legal representation for injured motorcyclists. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Seattle motorcycle accident lawyer, give us a call at 1-800-404-9000 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of the page.