Motorcycles are not only exciting to ride but they are also, unfortunately, one of the most dangerous vehicles on the road has given the likelihood and severity of motorcycle accidents. Having an experienced motorcycle personal injury attorney can dramatically improve the success of your motorcycle accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 88,000 of 8,600,936 registered motorcyclists suffered accident-related injuries in 2015. At 57.85 per 100,000 vehicles, the motorcycle injury rate greatly exceeded that of passenger cars (which sustained an injury rate of 9.48).
How Driver Negligence Causes Motorcycle Accidents
A motorcycle’s small size means limited visibility for other drivers. This amplifies the effects of negligence. Distracted drivers who spot large vehicles may miss motorcycles completely, especially if they fail to check their blind spots.
Types of Damages Available to Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists that have been involved in car accidents generally have extensive damages and injuries. Below is a brief explanation of many of the most common damages occurring from motorcycle accidents.
Bills add up quickly following a motorcycle accident. Even a short trip to urgent care can prove costly. Some victims spend days in the hospital. In addition to covering these bills, damages may account for medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or prosthetics. Medical damages also take prescription drugs into account. Depending on the accident, this could include physical or occupational therapy.
Motorcycle accidents don’t just inflict physical wounds; they cause years of emotional distress. Victims are prone to anxiety and depression. Some avoid their motorcycles for years, as they fear future accidents. Emotional duress takes its toll not only on the victim but also on close friends and family members. Motorcycle-based personal injury cases often take this invisible form of suffering into account.
Loss of Wages
Motorcycle accident victims may spend months, even years away from the workforce. Some are sidelined from their chosen profession for good. Damages may cover already lost wages and future earnings.
How Can a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Help?
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, there are many reasons why you are going to want to get an experienced motorcycle attorney. Your personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge to offer the insight you need to determine the best way to proceed with your case, in addition, to help guide you through the recovery process.
In addition to knowing the ins and outs of a motorcycle accident case, most motorcycle accidents have very strict timelines to adhere to. Many states have a two or three-year statute of limitations which if not adhered to, the case is null and void.
The motorcycle attorneys at Ritchie Reiersen Law can help answer all your personal injury questions. They are here to listen and answer any questions you may have. Ritchie Reiersen Injury attorneys have offices in Tacoma, Auburn, Kennewick, Yakima and service the entire Seattle area.