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Motorcycle Accident

Motorcycle accidents are usually chaotic and destructive, and can change a person's life forever. For motorcyclists and their families, there is a fine line between a near miss and a fatal accident. Because motorcycle riders have less protection during the force of a collision the injuries can be catastrophic. Even a rear-end fender bender can turn into a life-long disability.

Without legal representation from an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer, an injured motorcyclist can jeopardize their rights. Just as the missing wages and medical bills begin piling up, giant insurance companies will be calling to request a statement and will not always treat a motorcyclist fairly.

What to Do Immediately Following a Motorcycle Accident:

  • Dial 911 to report the motorcycle collision, and call out for medical help if anyone is injured. Get off the roadway and to a safe location.
  • Do not apologize or admit fault for the accident, and do not blame anyone else.
  • Exchange insurance with the other drivers, and write down witness names and contact information.
  • Visit the hospital to determine the extent and nature of your injuries.
  • Report the motorcycle accident to your insurance company, but do not give a statement.
  • Hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.

Within 48 hours after the motorcycle accident, you should consult an experienced motorcycle attorney that you trust. Gather the evidence and paperwork you have and schedule a free consultation with Sweetser Law Office. Do not begin repairing or dispose of your damaged motorcycle, or the clothing you were wearing, without first talking to Sweetser Law Office.

What Are the Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?

The first order of proving a motorcycle accident case is establishing who is legally responsible for the motorcycle wreck that injured you or your family member. This involves visiting the scene of the motorcycle accident, analyzing the location of the collision on Google Earth, reviewing the traffic collision report, and locating witnesses or witness statements regarding the motorcycle accident.

According to the NHTSA, more than two-thirds of fatal motorcycle accidents are caused by drivers of other vehicles who do not see the motorcyclist in time to avoid a collision. The data indicates that the medical bills for a motorcyclist in a collision average a total cost of $211,000; compared to about $17,000 for all other vehicles (NHTSA). Motorcyclists often suffer traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, shattered bones, severed limbs, head, neck and spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death.

The most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Driver lacks awareness of the motorcycle on the road.
  • Running a stop sign or red light without seeing an approaching motorcycle.
  • Failing to completely stop before turning right on red (i.e. “California stop”).
  • Distracted driving, texting while driving, or phone use.
  • Failing to check blind spots, or yield the right-of-way, before changing lanes.
  • Driving over the speed limit and therefore being unable to avoid a motorcycle collision.

At Sweetser Law Office, we help injured people and families after motorcycle accidents. We take of the paperwork and the insurance company tactics. We protect your legal rights so that families can focus on recovery. You do not have to go it alone, and Sweetser Law Office is here to help. While there is no amount of money that could reverse the tragedy that you and your family are experiencing after a motorcycle accident, you do not have to bear the burden of someone else's negligence.

Call our Spokane motorcycle accident lawyers today at (509) 444-4444 to start your road to recovery after a motorcycle accident. 

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