We know that speed, alcohol, and distracted drivers are extremely dangerous on the road, especially to motorcycle riders who have very little protection in the event of a motor vehicle accident, but our Kent motorcycle accident attorneys find that more often than other contributing factors in motorcycle accidents, the at fault driver simply did not notice the motorcycle. Drivers have a duty to all motor vehicles on the road, but for some reason many of them just do not realize the importance of looking out for and exercising caution around motorcycles, and that puts motorcycle riders in a perilous situation.
When another driver causes an accident, his or her insurance company may contact you to try to settle the case. Motorcycle injuries can be very severe and long term,which is why insurance companies will often try to do anything to get rid of the case quickly and for a very low settlement amount. Our motorcycle accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC recommend that you do not speak with the at fault party’s insurance company until you have spoken with an attorney. See below for common tactics used by insurance companies against motorcycle accident victims.
Something important to keep in mind is that in the state of Washington, even if you are partially responsible for the accident, you may still recover for your injuries and damages from another at fault party which will then be reduced by your amount of fault. Do not let insurance companies take advantage of you and do not think that because you may have been partially at fault that you are not entitled to any recovery. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, contact our Kent motorcycle accident attorneys at Russell & Hill, PLLC to discuss the facts of your case and the injuries you sustained.