Motorcycles make up 3% of the registered vehicles on the road. And yet, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely to end up in a fatal crash. They’re also almost 5 times more likely to end up injured than passengers in car crashes.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or even killed in a Tacoma motorcycle accident, the attorneys at Ladenburg Law are here to help. Please read on to learn more about our process for helping victims get the compensation they deserve.
There are key differences between motorcycle and car accidents. We keep these differences in mind whenever we help our motorcycle clients.
Our Tacoma attorneys understand the unique needs of motorcyclists when it comes to making an insurance claim. During these difficult times, we urge you to rely on our expertise.
Here are the steps we recommend you take right after a motorcycle accident. In some situations, we recognize that you might not be able to do all (or any) of these. Getting immediate medical care always comes first!
But, if you’re able, please do the following (or ask a witness to help):
Again, do not delay in getting medical care! If your injuries are serious or life threatening, visiting the emergency room might make the most sense. Otherwise, see your primary physician or chiropractor as soon as possible – ideally, the same day. It’s important for your claim to document the extent of your injuries and the medical care required.
Here are some of the damages we’ll fight to recover for you:
Every situation is unique. Given your lifestyle or career, you may have other damages we can help you recoup.
Washington is what’s known as a comparative fault state. This means that if you’re partly to blame for the accident, you can still receive compensation, but it will be reduced by the percentage you’re found at fault.
For example, suppose you were found to be 25% responsible for the collision. This would make the driver that hit you on the hook for the other 75%. In this scenario, your total settlement would be reduced by 25%.
If you are more than 50% at fault for the accident, it may not be in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit. No matter what, we’re happy to talk with you at no cost and hear what happened. We can help determine who’s at fault and explore your legal options.
Road hazards, such as debris, are common causes of motorcycle accidents. In these situations, you may not know who’s to blame.
Even so, you may still have options. For instance, if you have uninsured motorists coverage on your policy, you might be able to file a claim with your own insurance carrier. We might also discover that a city or other party may be held liable for not addressing road hazards. Depending on your case, there may be other parties that can be held liable, too.
Sometimes, a defective product causes the accident. That product could be the motorcycle itself, a part, or a modification.
These cases need expert help because it’s not easy to discover a product defect and bring a lawsuit against a manufacturer. The good news is that our Tacoma attorneys have successfully handled many defective product cases over the years.
No matter who or what caused your motorcycle accident, we would like to speak with you to see if we can help.
When you’re facing a serious injury, it’s important that your settlement is more than adequate to cover your medical expenses. Too often, we see insurance companies make very low offers that would leave victims unable to pay for all their required treatment.
Please call us. We’ll assess the true cost of your damages and fight for a fair settlement from your insurance company. We’re prepared to take any case to trial if need be. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on your health and healing.