Puyallup Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
There When You Need Legal Support
If you have been severely injured in a motorcycle accident, then please no that you have limited time to file a claim against the motorist or other party who caused your crash. Washington has a strict three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. But there is also the risk of evidence becoming lost or less effective the longer you wait within those three years to start your claim.
Start your case right now by dialing (253) 300-4644 and connecting with the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr and our motorcycle accident attorneys in Puyallup. We can put our decades of collective legal experience to good use for you and your family.
Fighting insurance companies is what we do, day-in and day-out. Let us fight for you by contacting us now.
Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Our law firm likes to begin motorcycle accident cases by asking how such an unfortunate thing has happened to our client. What was it that led to your wreck or that of a loved one? In investigating evidence and discovering new sources, we can pinpoint that cause, which also helps prove liability. The goal is reducing your liability as much as possible to allow you to recover as much as possible from the actual liable party, be it another driver, a motorcycle part manufacturer, a pedestrian, and so on.
A few common causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Distracted motorists using their smartphones while driving
- Motorists who are intoxicated or impaired by drugs
- Reckless or speeding motorists
- Faulty or defective motorcycle parts
Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes
The design of a motorcycle gives essentially no protection to the rider in an accident. It is common for the motorcyclist to be ejected off their vehicle in even a low-speed crash, resulting in catastrophic injuries. For this reason, motorcyclists are statistically 35 times more likely to suffer life-changing or fatal injuries in a collision when compared to motorists in standard passenger vehicles.
Injuries that are often listed in motorcycle accident reports include:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Multiple broken bones
- Road rash and permanent disfigurement
Costs of a Motorcycle Accident
A motorcycle crash often alters the motorcyclist’s life forever, and not purely due to lingering physical injuries. There are many costs and consequences that are often caused by or attributed to such devastating wounds. The most prominent and immediate cost will be medical treatment costs for procedures like emergency surgery, hospitalization, and rehabilitative therapy. Even with good healthcare coverage, the total cost of all treatments can easily breach a healthcare policy’s annual cap, leaving an injured motorcyclist in financial distress.
There will also likely be costs related to work the injured motorcyclist misses as they try to rest and recuperate after their crash. You cannot be expected to continue gainful employment after suffering catastrophic injuries, so you might be taken out of work for months or years. Who will provide for you and your family while you cannot work? It should be the party liable for your accident and their insurance company.
It is also important to consider the noneconomic damage caused by a bad motorcycle accident. Emotional scarring, post-traumatic stress disorder, memory issues, chronic pain, and more can all hurt a motorcyclist long after a crash. Noneconomic damage won through a claim or lawsuit can help rectify less-tangible injuries, though.
What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident
In case you have not already, here are a few things you should do after a motorcycle accident:
- Seek medical attention: Please see a medical doctor as soon as possible after a motorcycle accident. You might feel relatively fine for a while due to an adrenaline rush or due to the subtleness of your injuries. Yet in hours or days, you could be in debilitating pain as undiagnosed injuries worsen. Protect your health as best you can by getting medical attention now.
- Inform your insurance provider: At some point soon after your crash, you will also need to tell your insurance provider about it. Be brief in your description, though. Saying too much can cause you to confuse details and possibly blame yourself for the wreck. Inform your insurer about the basics of the crash, including that it was caused by another party. Once that is done, let them know that you will likely be speaking with an attorney who will continue to accept correspondences on your behalf going forward. You are not obligated to talk to the other insurer yet, so you should not.
- Call an attorney: Placing your motorcycle accident claim in the hands of a capable attorney could be the easiest way to make certain it is managed properly. A motorcycle accident’s lawyers experience and knowledge become your own when you hire them because you give them permission to act on your behalf, both in and out of court. For example, your lawyer can interact with insurance adjusters, investigate your injuries by talking with your doctors, represent you in front of a judge or jury, and so much more.
After a Motorcycle Wreck in Puyallup, Call Us
The Law Offices of Harold D. Carr is the recognizable name you can always trust with a complex personal injury claim. Do not hesitate to get our Puyallup motorcycle accident attorneys in your corner after you have been in a bad wreck. Our attorneys are backed by both client testimonials and professional awards, so no matter how you approach it, we know you will be confident in choosing us.
Let’s begin your claim today. Please call (253) 300-4644.