The laws of the road are meant for everyone – automobiles, large trucks, and motorcycles. However, because motorcycles can be less visible on the road, they are vulnerable to drivers who fail to yield the right of way, neglect to check their mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, or who do not allow sufficient braking distance when following a motorcycle.
In addition to negligent drivers, motorcycle accidents may be caused by negligently designed or maintained roads and highways. State and local governments may be responsible for a motorcycle accident caused by hazardous road conditions.
Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by negligent design, manufacture and repair of the motorcycle. Improper maintenance and repair can lead to malfunction or failure of the motorcycle’s engine, steering, brakes or other component parts during operation. In such cases, a claim may exist against the business that performed the repairs or maintenance. In cases where a manufacturer has failed to meet required safety standards, it may be possible to establish liability against the company that built the motorcycle.
The driver of a motorcycle may be entitled to compensation for both damage to property and personal injuries suffered. In cases of gross negligence or an individual driving under the influence, there may be grounds for a criminal action. Injuries suffered by motorcycle riders and passengers can be severe or result in death. Motorcycle accident victims are at high risk for broken bones and fractures, head trauma, brain injury and spinal injuries including paralysis. These injuries may result in the need for extensive medical care, cause an inability to work, or a tragic loss of life.
Just as with automobile accidents, the establishment of fault after a motorcycle accident is critical. Prompt investigation of the accident by experienced attorneys and their experts is important to preserving the evidence necessary to prove fault for the accident. Establishing the contributing factors to the accident frequently involves investigating the scene of the accident, inspecting the motorcycle, and interviewing witnesses to the accident. Many times expert witnesses must be hired to perform these tasks. An attorney experienced in handling motorcycle accident cases can do this for you. The attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. have the experience, expertise and access to highly qualified expert witnesses to skillfully handle motorcycle accident cases in Tacoma, Pierce County, and throughout the State of Washington.
Because of the special considerations outlined above, and because the personal and monetary stakes can be so high, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified attorney if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident.
If you or someone you know has suffered from a motorcycle accident, contact Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. at (253) 383-5388 or click here to submit a simple case form. We promptly respond to internet inquiries. Our initial consultation is free of charge, and if you decide to retain us, we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.
"Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "
"Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "
"Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "
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