Motorcycle Accidents

Kent Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Dedicated Legal Representation For Washington Motorcycle Victims Since 1994

Motorcycling is enjoyable. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. When motorcyclists are hit by cars, trucks, and other vehicles, they have little to protect them from serious injury, even if they are wearing a helmet and other protective gear. As a result, motorcycle injuries can be severe, including broken bones, head injuries, and even death.

At Dore Law Group, PLLC, our Kent motorcycle accident attorney, Jim Dore, Jr., has long represented injured clients in all types of personal injury claims. He understands the complexities of motorcycle accident cases, as well as the need for maximum compensation.

For a free, confidential consultation, call (253) 236-3888 or contact Dore Law Group, PLLC online to get started with our motorcycle accident attorney in Kent.

Washington Motorcycle Accident Statistics

Motorcycle accidents are a devastating and surprisingly common event. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, motorcyclists comprise only 3% of motorists in Washington State but accounted for 15% of all roadway fatalities and 19% of serious injuries in collisions from 2013 to 2017.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 motorcycle crashes result in serious injury or death, with an average of 75 riders losing their lives each year in collisions on Washington roads.

Other motorcycle accident statistics courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

  • Motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger car occupants per mile traveled.
  • In 2017 alone, 5,172 motorcyclists were killed in collisions. Of these deaths, 94% were riders, and the remaining 6% were passengers.
  • 60% of motorcycle fatalities occur in urban areas, compared to 40% in rural areas.
  • 97% of motorcycle accidents occur in cloudy or clear weather conditions.
  • 91% of motorcycle accidents occur on non-interstate roads.
  • Helmets saved roughly 1,872 motorcyclists' lives in 2017.

Who Is Liable in a Motorcycle Accident?

While riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, motorcyclists often exhibit safe driving behaviors. In fact, other drivers’ negligence is one of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents. However, it is not the only cause.

In addition to other drivers, there are often other liable parties involved. This may include multiple drivers, those responsible for the proper functioning and maintenance of traffic control signals, and construction companies that may be performing work.

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Some common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

When it comes to motorcycle accident claims, we are dedicated to identifying all responsible parties and seeking full, fair compensation from each. At Dore Law Group, PLLC, we often employ accident reconstructionists and other experts to assist in proving causation.

Common Motorcycle Accident Injuries

Many different types of injuries can be sustained in a Washington motorcycle accident. These can range from mild to life-threatening or even fatal. Some of the most common injuries our motorcycle accident attorneys have seen include:

Do You Have to Wear a Motorcycle Helmet in Washington?

If you are riding a motorcycle, either driving it or riding as a passenger, you are required to wear a helmet. The helmet must be approved by the Department of Transportation and have the DOT-approved sticker on it. On top of having to wear a helmet, riders must carry auto insurance meeting the following minimums:

  • $25,000 in bodily injury liability
  • $10,000 in property damage liability
  • $50,000 for two or more people

What Damages Could Be Recovered in a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

When pursuing a motorcycle accident claim, it's crucial to understand the various damages that may be recovered. These damages may include:

  • Medical Expenses: Motorcycle accidents often result in very serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment. Compensation may cover hospital bills, surgeries, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical care.
  • Lost Wages: If the accident leads to temporary or permanent disability, victims may be qualified for compensation for lost earnings and future earning capacity.
  • Property Damage: Damages to the motorcycle, protective gear, and other personal property can be recovered in a claim.
  • Pain and Suffering: Physical injuries and emotional distress resulting from the accident may be compensated under pain and suffering damages.
  • Wrongful Death: In instances where a motorcycle accident results in the tragic loss of life, surviving family members may seek a wrongful death claim for funeral costs, loss of companionship, and more.
  • Punitive Damages: In situations involving extreme negligence or intentional misconduct, punitive damages could be awarded to penalize the responsible party.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Motorcycle Accident Claim in Washington?

Understanding the statute of limitations is essential when pursuing a motorcycle accident claim. In Washington, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims, including those stemming from motorcycle accidents, is generally three years from the initial accident date. This means that legal action must be initiated within this time frame, or the right to seek compensation may be forfeited.

While three years may seem like a substantial period, it's essential to consult with our skilled Kent motorcycle accident attorney at Dore Law Group, PLLC, promptly after the incident. Initiating legal proceedings early allows for a thorough investigation, evidence collection, and a strong case strategy. Failure to adhere to the statute of limitations can be detrimental to your case, and you could lose the chance to retrieve the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Attorney in Kent Today

Once we identify the responsible party or parties, we will initiate litigation and seek a settlement for full and fair compensation. If the defendants and their insurance companies are not interested in settling, we are well-prepared to take our clients’ cases to a jury to determine fault and damages.

Call us at (253) 236-3888 for a free consultation to learn how our Kent motorcycle accident lawyer may be able to help you!

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