The desire to enjoy the open roads throughout Washington on a motorcycle is quite common. There are thousands of licensed motorcycle riders in the state, but they only make up three percent of the entire motoring public, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Despite making up just a small percentage of the motoring public, motorcycle accident fatalities accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities from 2013 to 2017 and 19 percent of serious injuries.
Motorcycle accidents are dangerous because there’s no protection for the rider no matter where he or she is sitting on the bike. Unlike riding in a car or SUV, a motorcycle rider is not afforded the protection of a dashboard, windshield, seat belt, airbag, or the frame of the vehicle. Riding a motorcycle is an inherently dangerous task, but it doesn’t have to be if you practice safe riding techniques. However, no matter how safe you are on a bike, you always have to worry about the drivers around you.
Motorcycle riders can suffer a host of different injuries when involved in a Granite Falls motorcycle accident. These injuries can be as minor as a couple of cuts and bruises to as serious as paralysis or death. Some other motorcycle accident injuries include the following:
It is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately following a motorcycle accident because not all injuries will present themselves in the moments after a crash. Delayed onset of pain is real and can cause you a lot of problems when trying to recover from the injuries. That is why you should accept medical treatment following a motorcycle accident. Having documentation from a doctor that you were examined can make it easier for a personal injury claim to move forward.
Yes, as with all personal injury cases, there is a limit to filing a lawsuit for a Granite Falls motorcycle accident. According to Washington law, you have just three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. If you fail to file the lawsuit by the three-year date, the court will likely dismiss the case, which means you have lost the opportunity to seek compensation for your injuries.
Being injured in a motorcycle accident can change your life forever. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might not be able to return to work, making it difficult to provide for your family. The accident could lead to paralysis, multiple surgeries, or extensive rehabilitation. You might also have to renovate your home to make it wheelchair accessible.
No matter the seriousness of the crash, you should speak to a Granite Falls motorcycle accident attorney from Russell & Hill. Our team understands how to help you get your medical bills paid quickly. We find ALL of the insurance money available, and we get you the most money! Call our office at 800-529-0842, or complete a contact form to schedule an appointment today.