When a car hits a motorcycle, the injuries it causes can be devastating. Having both been in a motorcycle accident myself, and represented motorcycle accident victims for over 10 years, I understand the damage they can cause both physically and emotionally. It is important to find an attorney that will make you feel at ease after a potentially traumatic experience such as a motorcycle accident and will aggressively represent you against the insurance company. Motorcycle accident victims are at a slight disadvantage due to the bias that many jury members have against motorcyclists. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer that knows how to relate to a jury can help you overcome this obstacle.
There has been an increase in 74% in motorcycle registration over the last decade, and along with it, an increase in motorcycle accident fatalities. There were over 2,300 motorcycle accidents in Washington State last year, and 66 of them resulted in the death of someone on the motorcycle. Surprisingly, the majority of these accidents happen in good weather conditions. Around 80% of all motorcycle accidents happened during the nicer months between April and September – likely because more people ride their bikes in good weather rather than bad. As I witnessed firsthand during my motorcycle accident, there is sometimes nothing one can do to avoid being hit by a negligent car driver. There are, however, some steps you can take to lower the risk of riding a motorcycle. I assume you’ve heard it more times than you care for, but wearing a helmet does significantly reduce the risk of death and serious head injury in case of an accident. It is certainly not full-proof, but everyone who rides a motorcycle should wear one. Along with wearing a helmet, it is essential to ride at safe speeds. Car drivers are not always on the lookout for motorcycles, so if you are whizzing by them at unsafe speeds, there is an increased chance of them turning right into you. It is also very important to prepare yourself for the danger of the road by attending motorcycle training classes. Going above and beyond the normal requirement for getting your license can go a long way to making you a safer driver.
Unfortunately, even if you are a very safe motorcyclist, there is still a chance that you may be hit by a negligent driver. If this happens and you sustain an injury as a result of the accident, you should seek out the services of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. Motorcycle accident cases are different than normal auto accident cases, so when you search for an attorney, make sure they are not only experienced in fighting insurance companies on the behalf of injured victims, but also understand the nuances of motorcycle accidents. It is also essential that your attorney is not afraid to take a case to court. Insurance companies know that winning these types of cases in court is made more difficult by jury biases, so their strategy is usually to get people to settle for a very little amount of money. The attorney in motorcycle accident cases needs to make it clear to the insurance company that they are not afraid to take it all the way to court. Accepting low settlements is unacceptable, so make sure you choose an attorney who is willing to put a lot of time and effort into your case.
If you have been in a motorcycle accident, the only way to know how much your case is worth is to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Each case is unique, but luckily most injury lawyers, including myself, offer free initial consultations to give you the advice you need to properly pursue your motorcycle injury case.
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