There are many reasons why some choose a motorcycle over a motor vehicle. For some, riding a motorcycle is a fun recreational activity, often one that is shared with friends or loved ones. For others, riding a motorcycle is an efficient and less expensive method of commuting. Whatever your reason, you have the right to safety when you ride.
Unfortunately, many drivers on the road aren’t safe, and motorcycle accidents leave motorcyclists with serious and fatal injuries. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, our Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyers at the Premier Law Group want to help. Reach us today to learn how.
Even The Safest Motorcyclists Can Be In Serious Injuries
Motorcyclists are tasked with participating in motorcycle safety courses and passing an advanced knowledge and skills exam for a motorcyclist endorsement in our state. What’s more, they are reminded that staying out of drivers’ blind spots, driving sober, following the speed limit, and wearing a helmet are all very important. However, regardless of how safe a motorcyclist is, there are other drivers on the road who may not be exercising the degree of care that’s owed to others. Drivers who speed, perform illegal maneuvers, drive while intoxicated or distracted, fail to look before changing lanes, don’t stop or yield when required, and otherwise operate their vehicles aggressively put motorcyclists and others at serious risk of harm.
Motorcycle Insurance & The Claims Process
If a passenger car and a motorcycle collide, the motorcyclist will almost certainly suffer the most severe injuries of all parties involved. Even if helmeted and wearing the proper clothing, head and brain injuries, a spinal cord injury, bone fracture injuries, internal injuries, road rash, and more are all possible, if not likely.
Motorcycle insurance is mandatory in the state of Washington. However, the required insurance is bodily injury and property damage liability insurance, which provides coverage for an injured person in an accident caused by the motorcyclist, not the motorcyclist themselves. As such, if a motorcyclist is injured, they will need to prove that the driver of the motor vehicle involved was at-fault for the crash. Then, they can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance or file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Your Right To Your Full Compensation Award
A motorcyclist who is injured in an accident caused through no fault of their own deserves to be compensated in full for their injuries and losses. This includes compensation for property damage losses, such as the value of damage to the motorcycle; medical expenses, including any future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs; lost wages and future lost wages and benefits; and noneconomic damages, such as the value of the motorcyclist’s psychological harm, pain, suffering, disability, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life.
But insurance companies don’t want to pay motorcyclists who are severely injured what they deserve – insurance companies want to save money. As such, even if you are offered a settlement, it may be lowballed, and you may be left wondering what your rights are and what you should do next. This is especially true if an insurance company claims that your injuries aren’t covered, that you were at fault for the accident, or that your damages aren’t as severe as you say they are.
If you are offered a settlement that is less than you believe you are entitled to, you maintain the right to reject the settlement and enter into negotiations with the insurance company. If settlement negotiations fail, you also maintain the right to file a lawsuit and bring your case to litigation. If you file a lawsuit, you must do this within three years, per the Revised Code of Washington section 4.16.080.
How Our Bellevue Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Can Help
Motorcycle accident claims are complicated. After a serious crash, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the situation—especially if you suffered a serious injury or are already getting calls from an insurance company. At Premier Law Group, our Bellevue motorcycle accident attorneys are standing by, ready to protect your rights. We know how to hold negligent defendants and large insurance companies accountable. Our motorcycle accident lawyers will:
- Conduct a free, in-depth review of your motorcycle accident claim;
- Listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain your legal options;
- Investigate the motorcycle crash—securing all relevant evidence;
- Collect all of your medical bills and carefully document your injuries;
- Handle all correspondence with insurance companies; and
- Work closely with you through every stage of the legal claims process, ensuring that you understand what is going on and are fully updated on your case.
Contact Our Bellevue Motorcycle Accident Lawyers For Your Free Consultation
Navigating the claims process after a motorcycle accident can be complicated, especially if you are in the process of healing from serious injuries and picking up the pieces of your life. Our Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyers understand what you’re going through and the losses you’ve suffered, and we want to help. We have years worth of negotiation experience, as well as successful trial experience, too. We know how to build claims, prove our clients’ cases, and recover large settlement amounts that compensate our clients in full.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or if you have lost a loved one in a crash, please reach out to our skilled Bellevue motorcycle accident lawyers at the Premier Law Group today for your free, no-obligation consultation.