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Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers

Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Help from our Seattle-area attorneys after you’re injured in a motorcycle accident

Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating consequences, often causing serious injuries and substantial property damage. At Smith McBroom, we understand the unique challenges that arise in these cases and are devoted to advocating for the rights of motorcycle riders. With a proven track record of successfully representing clients in similar situations, our skilled Seattle motorcycle accident attorneys stand ready to navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf, seeking the justice and compensation you deserve.

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How often do motorcycle accidents happen?

Washington State saw 132 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2022, making up 18% of total traffic fatalities for that year.

Nationwide, according to the National Safety Council (NSC):

Fatalities among motorcycle riders and passengers increased 8% from 2020 to 2021, while the rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled decreased by 2%. Over the last 10 years, deaths have increased 19%, while death rates have increased 29%.  The number of motorcycle fatalities now stands at 5,932 and the rate is 30.05 per 100 million vehicle miles.

The majority of motorcyclist fatalities occurred:

  • On urban roads (67%)
  • In good weather (83%)
  • During the nighttime (50%)
  • In crashes involving two vehicles (53%)
  • When wearing helmets (59%)

The NSC also notes that 72% of motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes were NOT alcohol-impaired.

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What are common Seattle motorcycle accident injuries?

Motorcycle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries due to the relative lack of protection for riders compared to occupants of enclosed vehicles. Common motorcycle accident injuries include:

It's important to note that the severity of injuries can vary widely depending on factors such as the speed of the collision, protective gear worn by the rider, and the type of accident. It’s important to seek prompt medical attention and legal advice after a motorcycle accident to address your injuries and pursue any necessary legal action. Our Seattle motorcycle accident lawyers can help.

What are common causes of Seattle motorcycle accidents?

Motorcycle accidents can result from a variety of factors, often involving a combination of driver behavior, environmental conditions, and the actions of other road users. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Distracted driving. Inattentive drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, or engaged in other distractions may not see motorcyclists, leading to collisions.
  • Left-turn collisions. One of the most frequent types of accidents involves a car making a left turn in front of an oncoming motorcycle. The driver may misjudge the speed of the motorcycle or fail to notice it altogether.
  • Speeding. Excessive speed reduces reaction time and increases the severity of collisions. Speeding is a significant factor in many motorcycle accidents.
  • Alcohol and drugs. Operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs a driver’s coordination, reaction time, and judgment, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Failure to yield. Drivers failing to yield the right of way to motorcycles, whether at intersections or during lane changes, can result in collisions.
  • Road hazards. Uneven road surfaces, potholes, debris, and other road hazards can pose a threat to motorcyclists who have less stability and protection than other vehicles.
  • Weather conditions. Slippery roads due to rain, snow, or ice can make it challenging for motorcyclists to maintain control, leading to accidents.
  • Inexperienced riders. Novice motorcyclists may lack the skills and experience needed to handle various traffic situations, increasing their vulnerability to accidents.
  • Motorcycle defects. Mechanical failures or defects in the motorcycle itself, such as brake failures or tire blowouts, can contribute to accidents.
  • Visibility issues: Motorcycles are smaller and less visible than other vehicles. Drivers who fail to check blind spots or who do not see motorcycles may inadvertently cause collisions.

Understanding these common causes can help both motorcyclists and other road users take precautions to reduce the risk of accidents and provide safer road conditions. Increased awareness, responsible riding/driving, and adherence to traffic laws contribute to overall road safety for everyone.

Who is liable for my Seattle motorcycle accident?

Determining liability in a Seattle motorcycle accident involves a careful examination of the specific circumstances surrounding the incident. Liability is typically assigned based on factors such as negligence or reckless behavior. Here are some key considerations:

  • Negligent drivers. If another driver's negligence caused the accident—for example, if they were distracted, failed to yield, or violated traffic laws—they may be held liable for your damages.
  • Unsafe road conditions. If the accident resulted from hazardous road conditions, such as poorly maintained roads, inadequate signage, or construction site issues, the entity responsible for road maintenance or construction may be held liable.
  • Vehicle defects. If a motorcycle accident was caused by a defect in the motorcycle itself, like faulty brakes or a manufacturing defect, the manufacturer or distributor of the motorcycle or its components may be held liable.
  • Government entities. In cases where the accident was caused by a dangerous road condition that a government agency is responsible for, such as a pothole or inadequate road signage, the government entity may be held liable. However, government entities are often protected by certain immunities, so legal action against them can be more complex.
  • Third parties. In some cases, liability may extend to third parties, such as a bar or restaurant that over-served a driver who later caused an accident. This is known as "dram shop liability."

To establish liability, your Seattle motorcycle accident attorney will gather evidence, including police reports, witness statements, photographs of the accident scene, and any available surveillance footage. Working with a personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents can be essential in navigating the legal complexities and building a strong case.

Washington is a comparative fault state, meaning that if you were partially at fault for the accident, your damages may be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. However, you can still pursue compensation as long as you are not 100% at fault.

If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident in Seattle, consulting with an attorney at Smith McBroom can help you understand your rights, assess liability, and pursue the appropriate legal actions to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.

Do you have a Seattle motorcycle accident attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Seattle-area motorcycle accident lawyers on your side

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, don't navigate the legal road alone. Our team of skilled motorcycle accident attorneys is here to guide you through every twist and turn of the legal process. We understand the unique challenges riders face and are committed to securing the compensation you deserve. Let us fight for your rights, so you can focus on healing. Don't delay — reach out to the Seattle motorcycle accident attorneys at Smith McBroom today for a free consultation. Your case is our priority, and we're ready to provide the legal representation you need. Call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced attorneys.