Driving a motorcycle in Lakewood can be fun, convenient, and cost-effective. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t know what to do with motorcycles. When cars and motorcycles collide, the motorcycle’s smaller size and open nature put its rider at risk. All too often, cars directly strike motorcycles or send riders flying, leading to catastrophic injuries.
At The The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, our Lakewood motorcycle accident lawyers believe in holding reckless drivers accountable for the injuries they cause. We have provided legal services to personal injury victims in Washington State for over 60 years. In that time, we have seen our fair share of motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries. If you or someone you know sustained injuries in a motorcycle crash, our lawyers can fight for you. We serve clients all over Washington, including in:
Our Lakewood Attorneys Handle Serious Motorcycle Injury Accidents
At The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, our Lakewood motorcycle accident lawyers believe that reckless drivers who endanger motorcyclists should be held accountable for the injuries they cause. We have been providing legal services to personal injury victims in Washington State for over sixty years, and in that time, we have seen our fair share of motorcyclists who have suffered serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Lakewood, Tacoma, Olympia, Puyallup, Chehalis, or Bremerton, our motorcycle accident lawyers are here to fight for you. Call (253) 588-6696 to contact a Lakewood personal injury attorney.
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Not only are motorcycles much smaller than cars, they are also much less common on Washington roads. Motorcyclists make up just 3 percent of all road traffic in Washington state, which means many drivers are not used to dealing with them. Academic studies on motorcycle accidents have shown that accidents involving motorcycles frequently result from other motorists failing to notice nearby motorcycles or respect their right-of-way.
Some of the most common causes of Lakewood motorcycle accidents include:
Whatever the cause of the accident, it is often bad for the driver but usually much worse for the motorcyclist. The Lakewood, WA, personal injury lawyers at The The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs are ready to assist in any motorcycle accident case.
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Modern cars have a variety of safety devices that motorcycles lack, including airbags, seat belts, and, perhaps most importantly, reinforced frames designed to protect their occupants. Motorcycles lack all of these things, and helmets and kevlar can only do so much. A motorcycle crash will often throw the rider off their bike, leading to a hard impact with the ground. Due to all these factors, motorcycle crashes are much more likely to result in death or severe injuries than car accidents.
Here are some of the most common types of injuries motorcyclists suffer in accidents:
Many of these injuries have the potential to be life-threatening. Unfortunately, a large number of motorcyclists hit by cars do not survive. Whatever injuries you or your loved one suffered due to a motorcycle accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you pursue compensation.
Motorcycle accidents are often traumatic, and the rider is often too severely injured to do anything at all. However, if you can take these steps after a crash, they can help maximize your chance at receiving fair compensation for your injuries.
Legally, motorcycles are treated just like cars. In Washington State, the pure comparative negligence rule applies to motorcycle crashes. Under this legal doctrine, fault is assigned to each driver involved in the collision according to their degree of negligence. There are cases where one driver is 100 percent at fault, but many collisions result from multiple drivers failing to follow the rules of the road.
Suppose you were found 40 percent at fault for the accident, and the court determined that your damages were $100,000. In this example, you could recover $60,000 for your damages, but not the full 100 percent, because of your shared fault in causing the accident.
A driver acts negligently when they fail to take reasonable steps to prevent an accident. For instance, drivers must watch out for vehicles in front of them. If a driver is not paying attention and rear-ends a motorcycle they did not see when approaching an intersection, they are being negligent.
At The The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, our seasoned personal injury attorneys have decades of experience successfully pursuing personal injury claims and proving the other driver’s negligence. We consult highway safety experts and investigators to ensure our client’s cases have as much concrete evidence as possible.
We serve motorcycle accident victims in the Lakewood area
Many people know that riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car. But accepting that risk doesn’t mean you are entitled to anything less than full compensation for injuries someone else caused. A successful personal injury suit can help you win compensation for many of the costs resulting from a motorcycle accident, including:
Your lawyer can help you determine which damages to seek in your personal injury suit. Your case may end out of court as a settlement or in court as a judgment.
The effects of a motorcycle accident can be long-lasting and much more costly than they seem at first. Injuries that you may believe are temporary, such as back pain, joint pain, or headaches, often become chronic injuries over time. They might also result in early-onset arthritis, which can severely hamper your quality of life.
Likewise, a long recovery process’s physical, psychological, and emotional toll can significantly strain the victim and their family. However, in most cases, injured motorcyclists only have one chance to receive compensation for their injuries. Therefore, these future costs must be represented in plaintiffs’ compensation for their injuries.
This is a complicated question, and the answer is different in every case. The primary factors are the severity of the accident and the injuries and vehicle damage that resulted; the relative fault of the drivers involved; lost wages (both present and future); and the pain and suffering, both physical and emotional, of the plaintiff and their family. To accurately assess the value of your claim, you need to consult with an attorney familiar with motorcycle accident cases.
At The The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs, our personal injury lawyers have the experience to properly assess the value of your motorcycle accident claim. Our attorneys have handled dozens of motorcycle accident claims, and we can tell you what yours is worth.
Unfortunately, many motorcycle accidents prove deadly. Motorcyclists are nearly 20 times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than car drivers. If your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for funeral expenses, burial expenses, and more. In Washington, the following people can bring a wrongful death claim:
In the aftermath of a personal tragedy like this, insurance companies may take advantage of your grief by pressuring you to accept a minimal settlement. In these situations, thinking of your and your family’s financial future is important. The death of a working family member can impose significant long-term costs, both financially and emotionally. Those costs should be represented in the compensation you receive for the accident.
The personal injury attorneys at The The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs understand how important it is to secure your family’s future in the face of personal tragedy, so we fight hard to ensure our clients get the payout they deserve.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you don’t have to face this challenging time alone. The Lakewood personal injury lawyers of The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs are here to help. Our firm has six decades of experience representing Washington motorcyclists and their families. Our firm will handle your case with respect and dignity, and we will fight aggressively for the compensation you need and deserve. For more information on how we can help, call us now at The Law Offices of Briggs & Briggs.
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