Motorcycle Injury and Accident Attorneys
Due to their large overrepresentation in severe and fatal injuries, motorcycle drivers can benefit significantly by the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Motorcycles account for only about 3% of all registered motor vehicles – yet in accidents, motorcycle involvement accounted for 14% of the deaths in 2018.
Among all types of vehicles on the road, motorcycles tend to offer the least protection when involved in an accident. Motorcycles are less visible to other drivers and pedestrians, and significantly less stable than a 4-wheeled vehicle. When involved in a crash, motorcycles offer little to no protection for the riders. In fact, statistics show that motorcyclists were 28 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants in a passenger vehicle.
With over 89,000 injuries per year, motorcyclists take on way more than their fair share of the injuries when they’re on the road. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the experienced auto accident attorneys at Ritchie Reiersen Law can help you. Motorcycles have every right to share the road with other vehicles. However, because they tend to be harder to see, they’re more likely to be involved in an accident.
At Ritchie Reiersen Law, our personal injury attorneys offer free consultations for all victims of motorcycle accident injuries. If you’re unable to come to us due to medical or transportation challenges, we will come to you. We have experienced local auto accident attorneys serving in Seattle, Tacoma, Auburn, Portland, Kennewick, and Yakima.
A motorcycle accident can change your life – but with our help, it doesn’t have to ruin your future. Call Ritchie Reiersen Law today to speak with an experienced auto and motorcycle accident attorney. (888) 884-7337
Why You Want an Attorney If You Are In a Motorcycle Accident
Because each state has different requirements for motorcycle insurance coverage, a personal injury attorney can help you determine what your rights are after an accident. Due to the nature of the vehicle, motorcycle accidents are more likely to be physically and financially devastating to the rider than a typical car accident would be. Oftentimes the insurance coverage is inadequate for the injuries sustained.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident that was due to no fault of your own, contact a personal injury attorney at Ritchie Reiersen Law today. With a free consultation and no money required upfront, you have little to lose. An experienced motorcycle accident attorney can help guide you through the process of opening a claim, and will ensure your rights are protected throughout the process.
With an attorney on your side, you’re more likely to receive a significantly larger settlement offer than you would working on your own. Ritchie Reiersen Law has local auto accident attorneys serving clients in Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Auburn, Yakima, and Kennewick. Life after a motorcycle injury can be challenging – but you don’t have to handle it alone. Call Ritchie Reiersen Law today at (888) 884-7337 and let us show you how we can help.
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Most Common Cause of Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries
The most common place on the roadway to have a motorcycle accident is at an intersection – typically when a vehicle interferes with the right-of-way of the motorcycle. About one-third of motorcycle accidents occur when an automobile cuts off a motorcycle on the roadway. Often this is due to the driver of the other vehicle failing to see the motorcycle. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents are driver inexperience, weather, or obstacles in the roadway.
If you have been involved in an auto accident while on your motorcycle, call an experienced personal injury attorney at Ritchie Reiersen Law. With auto accident attorneys who have a history of successfully settling motorcycle claims, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. As a motorcyclist, you have the right to share the road with other vehicles.
Our attorneys will ensure your rights are protected as we fight to help you receive the consideration and compensation you need. With offices throughout Washington as well as in the Portland/Vancouver area, our local attorneys can help you when you need it most. Call us today at (888) 884-7337 for your free consultation.
Why Hire A Personal Injury Attorney For Your Motorcycle Accident
When you are suffering from serious injuries because of the negligent actions of another driver, you need a personal injury attorney on your side. Motorcycle accidents are serious – you shouldn’t have to fight the insurance company on your own. Call Ritchie Reiersen Law to speak with an experienced auto accident attorney today. We have handled many motorcycle accident cases and understand how complex and serious these accidents can be. We have experienced local personal injury attorneys in Tacoma, Auburn, Yakima, Kennewick, and Portland for your convenience. Call us today for a free consultation. >(888) 884-7337
Frequently Asked Questions
If a motorcyclist isn’t wearing a helmet, can they still sue for damages?
In states that have a motorcycle helmet law, if a motorcyclist is injured in an accident and they are not wearing a helmet, it will be very difficult for them to recover compensation for their head and neck injuries. They could still seek compensation for other injuries they sustained, however.
If a motorcyclist is in an accident in one of the three states that does not have a helmet law, and they are not wearing a helmet, they would have an easier time filing a claim and receiving compensation for head and neck injuries. There may be some pushback from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, however, because the safety of helmets has been so well-established and advertised that the decision not to wear a helmet could be considered negligence. If this were to happen, the motorcycle driver would likely be denied part of their claim.
How often are motorcycle collisions the cause of serious injury?
Motorcycles are thrilling vehicles to ride – but they account for more than their share of accidents and severe injuries. According to the NHTSA, motorcyclists are about 28 times more likely to die in an auto accident than occupants in a passenger car. The single most effective way to protect yourself from serious injury and death – and save money by avoiding more serious injuries – is to always wear a DOT-approved helmet. In 2017, 57 percent of motorcyclists killed were not wearing helmets in states without universal helmet laws; in comparison, only 8 percent of motorcyclists died when their collision happened in a state with helmet laws.
How can I decrease the likelihood of being in an accident when I am on my motorcycle?
- Know local traffic laws, and don’t take risks.
- Obey traffic lights, signs, speed limits, and lane markings.
- Ride with the flow of traffic and leave plenty of room between your bike and the other vehicles.
- Ride defensively.
- Always check beside and behind you, and use your signal when you change lanes.
- Use your motorcycle headlight at all times to increase your visibility.
- Proceed with caution at intersections, yielding to pedestrians and other vehicles as appropriate.
How can I prove my motorcycle accident was not my fault?
- Call the police – a police report holds a great deal of weight when determining liability.
- Take video and pictures of the scene of the accident. Show the damage to your motorcycle as well as the damage to the other car.
- Take pictures of your injuries.
- Get names and contact information of all people who witnessed the accident.
- Write down the details of the incident as soon as possible. Determining liability may come down to the small details.
- Keep an organized log of the medical providers you saw for your injuries.
If you feel you aren’t being given appropriate consideration from insurance, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. A free consultation can give you an opportunity to share your experience and receive honest feedback on your case. With an attorney on your side, you can feel sure that your rights are being protected and you won’t get an undue amount of the blame for the accident that happened.
How long will it take to settle my motorcycle accident claim?
Motorcycle accidents tend to be among the most severe accidents, primarily due to the fact that there is little to no protection from the bike itself during a collision. A large part of ensuring you receive the proper and fair amount of compensation for your injuries includes giving yourself time to receive all the medical treatment necessary and letting your body fully heal. Rushing out and signing a settlement agreement shortly after a motorcycle accident can leave you short if you later discover your injuries are more severe than you had initially thought.
As a general rule, we suggest that our clients don’t even begin to consider settlement negotiations until medical treatment is completed – typically 4-12 months after the time of the accident. Keep in mind this will vary according to individual circumstances, and whether or not the claim proceeds to litigation. If litigation becomes involved, the time frame shifts to years instead of months.
I haven’t been able to work since my motorcycle crash. Can I still get a lawyer?
At Ritchie Reiersen Law, we feel it is important that accident victims receive fair treatment from the insurance companies. Especially in cases of motorcycle crashes, it is easy to pile the blame on the motorcycle driver – even if it wasn’t really their fault. Your best shot at receiving appropriate compensation for your injuries is with an attorney on your side. Because of this, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will take your case with no up-front fees from you. You don’t owe us anything until we win the case for you. Nothing paid up front, and no hidden fees. The initial consultation is free as well. If we don’t feel that you have a strong case, we will let you know that.
When we win your case, we will receive an agreed-upon percentage (typically 33%) of the final settlement figure to cover our time. You receive the rest. This is advantageous to you in several ways. First and foremost, people tend to receive a significantly larger settlement offer when an attorney is on their side – so 67% of what we can get for you is almost always more than 100% of the settlement you would get on your own. Second, we know we don’t get paid unless we win your case. This gives us extra incentive to push hard with everything we have to not only win your case, but get you the best possible outcome. Third, we know how the insurance industry works, and the tactics they like to use to decrease settlements. We will avoid these pitfalls and do all we can to stand up for your rights.
Facing the challenges of injuries after a motorcycle accident is overwhelming. You don’t have to face them alone, however. With the passionate attorneys at Ritchie Reiersen Law on your side, you can feel confident that your case is in the best hands possible.
Should I accept a settlement offer for my motorcycle crash?
Always be wary of settlement offers that come shortly after you have opened your claim. Often these offers, while seemingly generous, don’t actually cover all of the costs that stem from a motorcycle accident. If you receive a settlement offer, we recommend you make an appointment for a free consultation with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney – they will be able to give you some feedback on the settlement offer and your legal options moving forward.
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