Simply because of the physics involved, motorcycle accidents often result in catastrophic or even fatal injuries for the motorcyclist. With little or no protection provided by the motorcycle itself, bikers are often thrown from their motorcycles into traffic or struck directly by another vehicle. Motorcycle accident injuries are almost always more severe and often permanent injuries with long-term consequences that may require vocational rehabilitation.
At Russell & Hill, PLLC, our experienced attorneys are committed to helping victims that have been involved in a motorcycle accident recover full, fair compensation for their injuries and losses.
Our attorneys devote all the time and resources necessary to prove fault in your motorcycle accident. We often work closely with accident scene reconstructionists to review property damage, skid marks and other evidence from accident scenes in order to understand the cause of the motorcycle accident, which could include:
If more than one party was responsible for causing your accident, we will seek compensation from all liable parties. We are committed to helping injured people obtain full, fair compensation for their hospital bills and future medical needs, lost wages, property damage, pain, suffering, and other losses, as well as any additional appropriate damages.
We also handle wrongful death claims for families who have lost loved ones in fatal motorcycle accidents.
When we turn to the Washington State Department of Transportation, we can see that a significant percentage of all reported motorcycle accidents result in an injury or fatality. During the latest reporting year of data, there were nearly 2,000 total motorcycle crashes. Out of those incidents, we know that the following data was reported:
Looking closer at the city of Everett, we can see that there were 50 total motorcycle crashes during that same reporting year, but there were many more accidents throughout the greater Snohomish County area.
Unfortunately, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to sustaining serious injuries when they are involved in a traffic collision with a traditional passenger vehicle. Most passenger vehicles weigh approximately 4,000 pounds, which is more than enough weight to cause significant injuries to a motorcyclist. In many cases, a motorcyclist will sustain injuries from two impacts – one with a vehicle and one with the ground.
It is not uncommon for the Everett motorcycle accident lawyers at Russell & Hill, PLLC to help clients who have sustained the following:
A motorcycle accident victim in Everett is also more likely to suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma due to the accident and their subsequent injuries.
Every state is responsible for setting a statute of limitations, or time limits, for how long victims have to file lawsuits after sustaining an injury. In Washington, the personal injury statute of limitations in most cases involving negligent acts is three years from the date the injury occurs. If a motorcycle accident victim fails to file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party within this three-year window, they will lose the ability to recover any compensation for their losses.
If you or somebody you care about has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Everett, you may wonder what your chances are at recovering compensation. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you would think this would be a relatively straightforward insurance case. Unfortunately, many insurance carriers have an inherent bias against motorcycle riders, seeing them as dangerous on the roadway. However, the Everett motorcycle accident lawyers at Russell & Hill, PLLC have extensive experience helping victims in these cases. We understand what it takes to prove liability in these cases and secure the compensation you need.
If you have questions about your motorcycle accident that occurred in the state of Washington or Oregon, fill out our free motorcycle accident consultation form or call our toll-free number at 425-728-7467 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Our attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC have an incredible reputation. We serve clients in Washington and Oregon, and have office locations in Everett, Spokane, Vancouver and Portland.
If you have been hurt in a motorcycle accident, get help from one of our aggressive, experienced attorneys. Contact Russell & Hill, PLLC by filling out our free motorcycle accident consultation form or call our toll-free number at 425-728-7467 to schedule a free initial consultation.