What should I do if I was involved in a Tacoma motorcycle accident?
Washington State, including the scenic areas of Tacoma and Puget Sound, is well suited to attract motorcyclists of all ages and backgrounds. Unfortunately, the state is not as safe as it could be for the cyclists who share our roadways. In fact, alarming statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 83 motorcyclists died in 2012 in the state. This represents an increase from the three previous years.
A motorcycle collision can result in significant, life-altering injuries, such as brain trauma or paralysis. You may have the option to seek benefits for yourself or an injured loved one after a motorcycle accident in Tacoma. Damages may include everything from medical coverage and injuries to lost income and more.
Our Tacoma motorcycle accident attorneys represent motorcyclists and their families in claims against negligent drivers whose actions lead to serious injury. Learn more about your legal options in the face of this catastrophic event.
What are my options for financial recovery?
Washington’s insurance laws provide you several avenues for recovery in the wake of a serious motorcycle accident. The three primary options for compensation are:
- File an insurance claim with your own or your loved one’s own insurer (inspect the terms of your policy to assess all available coverage. For instance, you may be able to file an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim if an uninsured or hit-and-run driver caused the collision or if the other driver has insufficient coverage).
- File an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer (drivers in Washington are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 in bodily injury liability coverage. Coverage may be available up to the policy limits of the liable driver).
- Initiate a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death claim (you may pursue damages in a civil action against the driver who caused your injuries or your loved one’s injuries or death).
A lawyer can examine the facts of your case -- including all insurance policies -- to determine appropriate options for financial recovery.
Do I have grounds to file a case against a negligent driver?
A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against a driver responsible for the accident and injuries. For instance, you may decide to sue a driver who disobeyed a locally posted speed limit and caused a collision. Or you may file suit against driver who failed to check a blind spot before merging into a motorcyclist’s right-of-way.
There are many considerations when building a personal injury lawsuit, including:
- Can you prove negligence? You must be able to prove the driver failed to exercise a reasonable duty of care in preventing an accident. You also must be able to prove the driver’s actions were the direct or proximate cause of the motorcycle accident injuries.
- Did you or your loved one suffer damages? You cannot file a successful lawsuit without being able to provide evidence of damages, such as medical bills and lost income.
- Did the accident take place less than three years ago? Washington’s statute of limitations for personal injury actions is three years from the date of injury. You may be barred from recovery if the accident was more than three years ago.
A lawyer can assess whether or not you have the factors necessary to build an actionable personal injury lawsuit.
What should I do if I am interested in pursuing compensation?
You have the right to work with an attorney in pursuit of compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries. Schedule a free case evaluation with Max Meyers if you’re in the Tacoma area – 888-230-4970.