Tacoma Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Motorcyclists have traditionally been over-represented when it comes to accidents. That is, while only a small minority of vehicles on the road are motorcycles, they are statistically more likely to be involved in a crash. Indeed, a five-year study by Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission found that motorcycles accounted for 15 percent of fatalities and 19 percent of serious injuries despite representing only 3 percent of road users.
While motorcyclists are often blamed for causing accidents, the reality is that reckless motorists are often at-fault. If you have been hurt due to a reckless car or truck driver, you have a legal right to demand compensation. Our qualified Tacoma motorcycle accident lawyer can help. At Emerald Law Group, we represent motorcyclists who have been seriously injured through the fault of someone else.
Washington Motorcyclists Are At-Risk for Reckless Drivers
In an average year, roughly 75 motorcyclists are killed in traffic accidents. Hundreds more sustain serious, life-threatening injuries. The reasons for this are not hard to understand. Motorcycles offer far less protection than a car or truck. Motorcycles are inherently less stable, as they only have two wheels. And motorcycles are relatively small vehicles, making them more difficult for other motorists to see, especially in nighttime or poor weather conditions.
All that said, all drivers need to share the road in a safe and responsible manner. And while motorcyclists are often blamed for being reckless, the truth is that other drivers are often the cause of a serious crash that puts the motorcyclist’s life at risk. Some of the more common motorcycle accident scenarios we have seen include:
- A car makes a left-hand turn and plows into the path of an oncoming motorcycle.
- A car crosses the centerline of a road and collides head-on with a motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.
- A motorcyclist is hit by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- A driver fails to exercise appropriate caution when driving in bad weather and hits a motorcycle.
Regardless of how the accident begins, the results are often catastrophic for the motorcyclist. Given their relative lack of protection, it should come as no surprise that motorcycle operators often suffer serious injuries such as head trauma, spinal cord damage, road rash, dental fractures, and broken and crushed limbs. And even if the motorcyclist carries their own insurance, it is often far too inadequate to fully compensate them just for their medical bills to say nothing of other losses.
Contact Emerald Law Group Today
Through a personal injury lawsuit, a motorcyclist can sue a negligent driver or other at-fault party and seek compensation for their damages. This includes not just medical bills but also lost income and non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and mental anguish. A qualified Tacoma motorcycle accident lawyer can provide you with more specific advice after reviewing your case.
So if you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following a serious accident, contact Emerald Law Group today to schedule a free confidential consultation.