Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Advocate for Injured Riders
Washington lawyers represent bikers hurt in road collisions
Without the protection afforded by other types of vehicles, motorcycle riders face an enhanced risk of serious injury in a collision. If you need a qualified Seattle motorcycle accident attorney to help you obtain reimbursement for your medical bills, lost wages and other costs after an accident, Mann & Kytle, PLLC can help. Our attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience delivering exceptional representation to injured bikers and other clients in Washington State.
Do you have a valid motorcycle claim?
Washington requires the party responsible for a motorcycle accident to cover costs related to the collision. This might be difficult to determine, especially if the parties are blaming each other for the incident. After discussing what happened with you, our attorneys advise if legal action is warranted.
What if you are partly at fault for your injury?
Frequently in motorcycle accidents and other vehicle collisions, more than one party is at fault. Under Washington law, you can still collect compensation in a personal injury lawsuit even if you bear partial responsibility for the crash. However, the amount you obtain is reduced in proportion with the share of fault assigned to you. For example, if you suffer $200,000 in damages after your motorcycle is struck by a car and the jury holds you are 20 percent responsible for the collision because you were traveling too fast, your award would be $160,000.
Common causes of motorcycle accidents in Washington
Our attorneys handle a full range of motorcycle injury claims, including cases arising from accidents caused by:
- Careless drivers — A motorist who is speeding, weaving or distracted poses a risk to everyone else on the road, but the potential danger is worse for bikers. Many car and truck drivers are not conditioned to look for motorcycles and might not be able to avoid an accident if they are operating their vehicle in an unsafe manner.
- Poor road conditions — Potholes or debris on the road could upend a motorcycle or force its rider to swerve toward traffic unexpectedly.
- Mechanical defects — Faulty brakes on a car or a defective bike part might lead to serious injuries for a biker. In these cases, our firm can bring a product liability case against the negligent manufacturer.
No matter what led to your crash, our experienced litigators will vigorously pursue appropriate legal relief for the harm you’ve suffered.
What to do after a motorcycle accident
Even if you feel all right after a motorcycle accident, you should seek medical treatment as quickly as possible. If you are at the scene and no one requires urgent attention, you can record relevant information once you have contacted the police. Taking photographs of the vehicles, writing down a description of what led to the accident and noting witness contact information can bolster your legal claim.
Damages that can be recovered for motorcycle accident victims
Many motorcycle accident cases are resolved through settlements with insurance companies and liable drivers. Resolving a claim in this manner allows injured parties to obtain payment more quickly and averts the stress and uncertainty associated with trial. However, even if your case doesn’t go to court, it’s important to hire a Seattle personal injury lawyer who can negotiate effectively by making an accurate assessment of what type of damages would be awarded at trial. We have extensive experience handling cases involving the types of catastrophic injuries frequently linked to motorcycle crashes. After analyzing the facts in your case, our attorneys will outline the potential financial recovery you could receive for your current and future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
Contact a proven Seattle-area motorcycle accident attorney regarding your claim
Mann & Kytle, PLLC handles motorcycle accident litigation for injured clients throughout Washington. For a consultation, please call 206-457-2057 or contact us online. We are located in Downtown Seattle.