Motorcycle accidents are prevalent all over the United States, including Washington State. traffic, distracted drivers and high rates of speed all play a factor in these types of accidents. While motorcycle accidents are not more common than automobile accidents, victims are more likely to suffer serious injury because they have little protection to absorb the impact. The following is an overview of personal injury law and how it pertains to those injured in motorcycle accidents.
What Is A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is an action an accident victim can file in court in order to obtain monetary compensation for accident related expenses and injuries. Every state has a statute of limitations which must be followed when filing a lawsuit. In Washington State, accident victims must have their case filed in court within 2 years from the date of the accident.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Those hurt in motorcycle accidents may suffer many different types of injuries that range from mild to debilitating. The most common injuries seen in motorcycle accident victims are:
- Severed Limbs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Closed Head Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries With Or Without Paralysis
- Crush Injuries
- Facial Lacerations Or Disfiguration
- Multiple Broken Bones
Brain injuries are the most common cause of serious injury and death among motorcyclists. This is especially common if the rider does not follow the helmet law set forth in Washington State. Those who are sustain head injuries in an accident and do not have a helmet on may have a difficult time obtaining a settlement in a personal injury case.
How Can A Lawyer Help
Personal injury lawyers have years of experience working to protect the rights of accident victims. A lawyer may help you by:
- Obtaining A Police Report
- Hiring Accident Investigators
- Speaking With Witnesses
- Negotiating A Settlement With The Insurance Company
- Filing Your Lawsuit Documents In Court
- Represent You At Trial
Being injured in a motorcycle accident is a trying time, but there is help available. Contact a personal injury lawyer for information on how to move forward with a personal injury case.