Motorcycle accidents rise as the weather gets warmer and people take to the open road on their motorcycles. In Washington State, motorcycle fatalities accounted for 15% of the total deaths due to crashes in 2014. While many riders are quick to blame the driver of vehicles as the cause of the crash, statistical analysis is showing that a majority of motorcycle accidents are caused because of an error made by the motorcyclist.
Regardless of the circumstances of your accident, Twyford Law Office can help. We represent the injured victims of motorcycle accidents throughout Washington.
When Both the Motorcyclist & Car Driver Cause the Accident
Many motorcycle accidents aren’t cut and dry when it comes to determining liability. If you were following the rules of the road and you were not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, chances are high that you aren’t going to be held liable for the accident. Sometimes the weather is a factor, while sometimes it is clear that the driver of the car is 100% at fault.
Authorities that respond to the scene of the accident will determine the percentage of fault for all motorists. If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident and less than 50% at fault, you can sue for personal injury.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Personal injury lawsuits are designed to provide financial compensation to the person who is injured.
Compensation can include money for:
Pain and suffering
If you are not able to return to work because of your injuries, it’s important to meet with a personal injury lawyer who can review the merits of your case.
Determining Your Losses
Losses in a personal injury lawsuit are considered both measurable and non-measurable. Losses that you can measure are easy to calculate – these are losses such as medical bills and wages, all of which are easy to add up and come up with a number.
The losses you can’t measure – such as pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment –require more work in order to prove. In general, the more serious your injuries are, the higher the amount of compensation you should receive.
Your Non-Pecuniary Losses
Pain and suffering are subjective. It is important that you work closely with your medical providers while you recover from your injuries. It is your treatment team who will be evaluating your losses and providing proof of your pain and suffering. If you skip out on treatment, it will appear as though you aren’t really hurt. Work closely with your entire treatment team to get the best help possible for your injuries.
Once your medical providers have decided that you are at a medical end to treatment, this means you are as recovered as you are going to be from your injuries. If you are now permanently disabled and unable to work, this will factor into your financial award if you win your personal injury lawsuit. You will be able to include future lost wages if it is determined that you will no longer be able to work.
Contact a Spokane Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If you have been in a motorcycle accident and you are recovering from your injuries, it’s time to contact Twyford Law Office to see if your case is a viable personal injury lawsuit. Our Spokane motorcycle accident attorneys work closely with injured victims and can be there 24/7 to help you navigate your claim.
Reach out to Twyford Law Office at (509) 327-0777 today.