Seattle Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

From the Chinook Pass Scenic Byway on Washington State Route 410 to the Yakima River Canyon on Washington State Route 821, the Seattle area provides no shortage of scenic rides for motorcyclists. Unfortunately, far too many bikers are injured in accidents on Washington roads each year, and the negligence of other drivers is often the cause.

Motorcycle crashes often result in devastating injuries and costly property damage. Riders are not afforded the type of protection that drivers of enclosed vehicles are, and they are more likely to be severely injured in a crash, even one at low speeds, for this reason.

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a motorcycle accident in Seattle, it will be critical for you to retain legal counsel quickly. Though no amount of money will compensate for your pain and suffering or the loss of a loved one, an experienced attorney can be your advocate and help you recover all of the damages you are entitled.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has been helping injury victims all over Washington since 2009. Call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Do I Need A Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?

After a motorcycle crash, you’ll want to have someone with experience in these types of cases on your side. The other motorist and their insurance company are both likely to claim that you were somehow at fault.

You will also want the lawyer to handle all conversations with insurance companies because most people who try to handle those phone calls usually end up saying something that hurts their case. For this reason alone, you should always refuse to provide any recorded statement to an insurance company until you have legal representation.

Some insurers will use the statements of victims to argue they were negligent and deny claims for compensation. In other cases, insurance companies may quickly propose lump=sum settlements.

While these settlements might seem quite large to most people, it is important to keep in mind that these offers are usually far less than what victims are entitled. Often, accident victims don’t realize until after it’s too late that the settlement they accepted will not be enough to cover future costs, which they then must pay out of their own pockets.

Why Choose the The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to Handle My Case?

Jeffrey R. Caffee has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers every year since 2013. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, and the King County Bar Association.

Mr. Caffee received his Bachelor of Science from Saint Leo University and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He was honored by The International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2009 with an Award for Advocacy for distinguished achievement in the art and science of advocacy, and he received the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Trial Academy Scholarship in 2011.

You should also know that the The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge you any money until you get a monetary award.

Our firm will work towards a fair and full settlement to your case, but we will not force you to accept an offer that does not meet your demands. The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee can take your case to court when necessary to get justice.

Types of Motorcycle Accident Cases We Handle

Motorcycle crashes can often be scenes of twisted wreckage in which liability can be very difficult to determine. While every accident is different, many collisions stem from common causes, and some of the most frequent causes of motorcycle crashes include but are not limited to:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving accidents
  • Lane change accidents
  • Left- or right-turn accidents
  • Drunk or drugged driving accidents
  • Rear-end accidents

Keep in mind that not all motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles. Some accidents are isolated incidents often attributed to driver error when, in fact, there was another cause.

For example, a defective motorcycle part would make a part manufacturer liable. Similarly, an issue with an improperly repaired motorcycle could lead to a maintenance company being liable.

The possible injuries motorcyclists may sustain can include but are not limited to:

  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Road rash
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries

The State of Washington requires all motorcyclists (operators and passengers) to wear helmets while riding a motorcycle. Helmets certainly reduce the chances of a person suffering a severe head injury in a crash, but they cannot prevent all injuries.

Seattle Motorcycle Accident Statistics

According to the 2015 Annual Collision Data Summary from the Washington State Department of Transportation, 2,440 motorcycles were involved in collisions, including 76 fatal collisions, 406 serious injury collisions, 1,562 minor injury collisions, 365 property damage only collisions, and 31 unknown injury collisions.

Statistics show that a motorcyclist was involved in a crash in Washington every four hours, which translates to six motorcycle accidents every day. Whereas 38.8 percent of drivers and 30.7 percent of occupants died or were injured in collisions, 90.5 percent of motorcyclists died or were seriously injured.

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reported that the preliminary total of 64 motorcyclist fatalities in 2017 was the lowest total of the past five years, with motorcyclists accounting for 11 percent of total traffic fatalities,  the lowest percentage dating back to 2013.

A 2017 report from the Governors Highway Safety Association stated that motorcyclist fatalities occurred 28 times more frequently than passenger vehicle fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. The 64 motorcyclist fatalities in 2017 reported by the GHSA were less than the 81 published in 2016.

Contact a Seattle Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a motorcycle crash in the greater Seattle area? Do not wait to seek legal representation for help recovering all of the compensation you need and deserve.

The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee understands the many ways in which a motorcycle accident can affect a person’s life, and we work tirelessly to make sure that you get everything you need to make a full recovery. You can have our lawyer discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (206) 899-5415 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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After any motorcycle crash, your first concern should be getting medical attention. Even if you do not believe you were hurt, you should still go to the hospital as a precaution. Some injuries involve delayed symptoms, and insurance companies will become more skeptical about your injury claims when there is any kind of delay in treatment. Before you leave the scene of your accident, try to take as many pictures as you can. Get photographs of the vehicles, people, and any other items that might be beneficial to your case from different distances and angles. Also, it’s a good idea to get the contact information of any witnesses to your accident, as they could be helpful later on. Avoid talking about your crash with any person other than a lawyer, and avoid posting anything about it on social media sites.

People generally have three years from the date of their accident under Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.080 to file an action for injury to their person. The statute of limitations is also three years for a wrongful death claim, but the limitations period begins on the date of a person’s death instead of the date of an accident. The statute of limitations can be tolled (delayed) under Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.190 when a person cannot legally file a claim, such as a victim 1) that is under 18 years of age, 2) someone who is “incompetent or disabled to such a degree that he or she cannot understand the nature of the proceedings,” or 3) someone who is imprisoned on a criminal charge. In these cases, the victims will have three years from the date that they become able to file a claim, whether that is when they turn 18, become mentally competent, or are released from prison. Another situation in which the statute of limitations may be tolled under Revised Code of Washington § 4.16.180 is if a defendant leaves the state or become concealed within it, as the time they are being sought but cannot be found will not count against the limitations period.

It is all too common for motorcyclists to be blamed for their accidents. While this is not always the case, even those who share some level of responsibility will still be able to recover damages because Washington is a pure comparative fault system when it comes to negligence claims. This means that an individual is allowed to recover damages even when they were more at fault than the person being sued. With pure comparative fault, however, your damages will be reduced by your share of negligence. This means that if you were awarded $100,000 in a motorcycle accident case but found to have been 55 percent at fault, your damages will be reduced by $55,000 and you would ultimately receive $45,000.

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The The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee has years of experience handling all manner of injury cases. Our Seattle bicycle accident attorneys care about you and want to help you through the overwhelming challenges that you face as a victim of another person's negligence. Our firm is available at (206) 899-5415.