As motorcyclists and collectors ourselves, our lawyers understand the thrill that comes with riding a motorcycle. Unfortunately, we also understand the risks and see the horrific injuries that can result from being involved in a motorcycle accident. According to the US. The Transportation and Highway Administration Department of National Traffic Safety, motorcycles are 35 times more likely to have a fatal accident on the road than those who travel in passenger cars times. Between 2001 and 2008 there were 34,000 motorcycle crashes across the United States and more than 1 million motorcycle-related injuries were reported. There are approximately 7 million motorcycles registered in the United States and this means that a motorcycle has an average 1 in 7 chance of being injured in a motorcycle accident.
Being involved in a motorcycle accident can be a very traumatic experience which can change your life in an instant. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contacting a lawyer is essential to protect your statutory rights and to ensure that you receive compensation for your losses.
Victims of motorcycle accidents often require legal aid with:
-Get compensation for repairing motorcycles
– Limitation of liability
– Phone calls are not taken back by insurance companies
-Unpaid medical expenses
– I lost wages
-Pain and suffering
-Recover from losses of uninsured / safe drivers
-Alternative transportation arrangements / payment
-Inability to obtain medical treatment
– Motorcycle towing or storage expenses
– Other expenses
Injuries and deaths caused by many motorcycles are the result of the negligence or misconduct of another driver. In 2009 the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that: more than half of all fatalities at least one motorcycle involved another vehicle. 42% of fatal motorcycle accidents involve a car turning left while motorcycles are going straight or passing another vehicle. When a motorcyclist is injured as a result of misconduct or negligence in another Washington, DC law determines your right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses.
Frequent motorcycle accidents from the result:
– Drivers noticed the lack of motorcycles
– Poor road design
– defective equipment
– Drivers not giving up
-Drivers take turns left at the front of the motorbike
– Improperly defined industrial bumps
– Opening the clamps
Motorcycle accidents can lead to serious injuries including: head injuries, broken bones, amputations, paralysis, and even death. At Dan D. Sheffield & Associates we know that serious injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists are generally not random accidents. Often times no person is responsible for your injuries and loss.If you or a dear has been seriously dislocated, or a dear has been killed during a motorbike accident, you would like a skillful and responsive legal team that is fully committed to fighting for your rights. Our lawyers will fight for your rights and the compensation you need to put your life together again. If someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer injuries, lost wages, or property damage, agents at Dan D. Sheffield & Associates can help you every step of the way to manage the recovery process and ensure that you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.
What to do if you are involved in a motorcycle accident?
01- Call 911 and insist on a police investigation. In many cases there were no witnesses to the accident, and without a police investigation, liability may be appealed at a later time even if responsibility was recognized at the scene of the accident. You may lose physical evidence of how the accident occurred after the driver leaves the yard.
02- Before you leave the scene of the accident, be sure that you share the information with all other drivers involved. Record the vehicle license number and driver’s license (s) from the other driver (s). Obtain the names of all witnesses. Witnesses can determine the outcome of your request!
03- You are sure to get insurance information from the other driver (s).
04- Filing an accident report with Washington State within 24 hours of the time the accident occurs if a person is injured or property damage exceeds $ 700.00. (If a collision is not investigated and reported by an officer, the operators of any used vehicles must provide their own independent collision traffic as stated in the report RCW 46.52.030 and WAC 446-85-010)
05- Contact an insurance representative immediately. Your insurance representative will be to help explain the coverage (s) contained in your policy.
06- Get an estimate for your motorcycle repair and photograph the damage to your motorbike and the scene of the accident.
07- Do NOT discuss your request with anyone but your family, you are an insurance agent, your doctor, or an lawyer. Be sure not to sign any form of release or make statements or written records of the other driver’s insurance representative.
08- If you are injured, be sure to go to the doctor as soon as possible. Explain to the doctor that the injuries were a special result of a car accident, and take photographs of any apparent injuries (i.e. wounds or bruises).
09- Before any contact with the insurance company of the other driver, notify your lawyer. The outcome of many cases is affected by obtaining competent legal advice before opening a claim.
10- Contact Dan D. Sheffield & associates