Gig Harbor Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in Pierce County, WA
When motorcyclists are involved in traffic accidents, they face a significantly higher risk of severe bodily injury and death than occupants of other vehicles. This is largely due to the fact that motorcyclists have little to no protection when they are struck by larger, heavier vehicles, such as passenger cars, SUVs, pickups, and commercial trucks. Tragically, when these accidents occur, motorcyclists and their families are the ones left to deal with the devastating and often life-altering effects.
If you were injured or if someone you love died in a motorcycle accident in Gig Harbor or anywhere in Pierce County, reach out to the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr today to learn how we can help. For more than 30 years, our firm has been fighting for the rights of severely injured motor vehicle accident victims while working to hold negligent motorists accountable. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we are ready to help you, too.
How Common Are Motorcycle Accidents?
Although motorcycles make up a relatively small portion of all vehicles on the road, they are disproportionately involved in serious injury and fatal crashes. According to the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission (STC), motorcycle accidents comprised about 15% of all fatal traffic collisions and about 19% of all serious injury crashes in the state between 2013 and 2017, despite only representing 3% of all motorists in the state during that same five-year period. Perhaps even more alarming, about 75 motorcyclists die in traffic accidents in Washington every year, and approximately 20% of all motorcycle accidents result in catastrophic injury or death.
According to the STC, in Washington State in 2020, there were:
- 1,658 total motorcycle accidents
- 89 fatal motorcycle accidents
- 387 motorcycle accidents involving a suspected serious injury
- 515 motorcycle accidents involving a suspected minor injury
More than 250 of these motorcycle accidents occurred right here in Pierce County, 58 of which resulted in suspected serious injuries and 9 of which were fatal.
In short, the rate of motorcycle accidents—particularly those resulting in injuries and deaths—is much too high in Washington. Even more tragic, the vast majority of these collisions could have and should have been avoided.
How Do Most Motorcycle Accidents Happen?
While there is a common misconception that motorcyclists are inherently risky, dangerous drivers, we at the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr know this to be untrue. In fact, the negligence of other motorists on the road is the leading cause of most motorcycle collisions.
This negligence takes many forms, including but not limited to:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Improper turns
- Unlawful passing
- Fatigued driving
- Aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Improper merging
These and other unsafe driving behaviors put motorcyclists at serious risk—and negligent drivers can and should be held accountable.
Often, liability for an accident lies with multiple involved parties. When this is the case, and the court finds you partially at fault for the crash, you can still recover compensation for your accident-related damages. However, your total recovery will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you are found to have. For example, if the court decides that you were 25% to blame for the collision, you may only recover up to 75% of the total amount you would have otherwise be entitled to receive.
How to File a Motorcycle Accident Claim
Because Washington follows a fault-based system (also known as a “tort” system) when it comes to motor vehicle collision claims, you must typically seek compensation after a motorcycle accident by filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider. If you have specific types of coverage under your own insurance policy, you may be entitled to compensation from your insurance provider, but most often, the at-fault party is responsible for paying your damages.
Filing a claim or personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver (or another liable party) can be complicated. As the person bringing the claim (known as the “plaintiff”), you have the burden of proof. This means you are the one responsible for proving your claim. In other words, you must prove that the other person or party acted negligently or wrongfully and that this was the cause of your injuries and resulting damages.
At the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr, our Gig Harbor motorcycle accident lawyers can help you with every aspect of your case. We understand the challenges you are going through, from obtaining the proper medical care to handling day-to-day expenses while out of work to getting your bike repaired or replaced. The last thing you need is to worry about navigating the legal system and fighting with the insurance company for a fair settlement. Instead, let our team handle the investigation, claim filing, and settlement negotiations on your behalf.
We draw on decades of experience and an extensive network of resources when building powerful cases for our clients, an approach that has helped us recover millions of dollars in compensation over the years.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
The Washington personal injury statute of limitations limits your time to file a motorcycle accident claim to just three years from the date of the crash. If you wait until more than three years have gone by, you will almost certainly lose your right to recover compensation.
We encourage you to reach out to our Gig Harbor motorcycle accident lawyers right away to learn how we can help you with your case. We provide free initial consultations and offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so there is no risk in discussing your case with an attorney at our firm today. If we do not recover compensation for you, you do not pay.