Motorcycle Accident Compensation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Washington, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a claim. Here are some important things to know when it comes to motorcycle accident compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation | Filing a Claim
If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident in Washington, you should try and call the police. They can come out and prepare a police report and photograph the scene of the accident. However, typically that’s not possible because as a motorcyclist, you don’t have the protection people would have in a car and even the most minor of impacts can cause serious injuries. In that case, you should make sure you’re getting proper medical care to start getting better. As soon as you can, contact a personal injury lawyer who has handled motorcycle cases in the past since they are somewhat different than a typical automobile accident case. The state of Washington allows three years to file your claim after a motorcycle accident (or for any personal injury). If you don’t file by then, your claim will be dismissed.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation | Determining Liability
How do you know who was at fault? It may not be evident at the time of the accident. The police will take a few pictures and possibly talk to witnesses or other parties involved. But a police officer’s determination in a written report based on being at the scene of the crash may not tell the entire story. It may even be the wrong story.
Pictures, police reports, medical reports, witness statements and other documentation come together to tell the entire story—when they’re used properly. We’ll work to gather all the evidence we can find to determine who’s truly at fault, and better represent you.
Motorcycle Accident Compensation | Comparative Fault
Washington is a state that uses the Comparative Fault Doctrine. If you’re found to be partly at fault for your accident, you can be assigned a percentage of fault. That percentage lowers any settlement you may receive. For instance, if you are assigned a 25% fault ratio because you were talking on your cell phone while riding, your settlement would be reduced by that amount. A $10,000 settlement will then become $7,500.
If you have recently been injured in a motorcycle accident and have any questions about filing a claim or receiving compensation, please contact our experienced Edmonds motorcycle accident lawyer today to schedule a free compensation.