Tacoma Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in Pierce County
Although Washington State offers some of the most scenic rides in the country, it is also home to thousands of motorcycle accidents every year. According to data from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), there were 1,658 motorcycle wrecks in the state in 2020, 89 of which were fatal and nearly 400 of which resulted in serious injury. More than 250 of those accidents—9 of which were fatal—occurred right here in Pierce County.
If you were injured or if your loved one died due to a serious motorcycle accident, it can seem nearly impossible to get back on your feet. However, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and other losses. At Cook Law Office, PLLC, we fight for the rights of injured bikers and their loved ones, working to hold negligent motorists accountable and maximize our clients’ recoveries. From our office in Tacoma, we provide compassionate and aggressive representation to clients throughout Pierce County and beyond.
Call (602) 560-4756 or contact us online today to set up afree, no-obligation consultation with one of our Tacoma motorcycle accident attorneys.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents?
Although there is a common misconception that motorcyclists are inherently risky drivers, we at Cook Law Office, PLLC know that this is far from the truth. In fact, most motorcycle accidents are caused not by the conduct of the motorcyclist but by the negligence of other drivers on the road.
Some of the leading causes of motorcycle accidents include:
- Distracted driving (including texting/using a cell phone while driving)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
- Fatigued driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Unsafe turns
- Unlawful passing
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Failure to obey traffic control devices (signals, stop signs, etc.)
- Aggressive or reckless driving, including road rage
While careless and reckless motorists are often to blame, some motorcycle accidents result from outside factors. These include defective road design, poor roadway maintenance, vehicle defects, faulty equipment, and more. In any case, it is important to determine exactly how an accident occurred and what factors contributed to the crash, as this typically points to the liable person or party.
Proving Fault in Motorcycle Accident Cases
Because Washington is a fault state when it comes to car accident and other motor vehicle collision claims, including those involving motorcycles, you must be able to prove that someone else was at fault for the crash in order to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Under the state’s pure comparative negligence rule, you do not need to prove that someone else was entirely at fault; even if you share some of the blame, you can still seek compensation for your damages. However, if you are found to be partly to blame, your recovery will be reduced by your fault percentage.
When proving fault and determining liability in motorcycle accident claims, our attorneys will often:
- Review evidence from the crash, such as police reports and eyewitness statements
- Work with accident reconstructionists and other experts to identify how the crash occurred
- Establish a timeline of events leading up to and immediately following the accident
- Go over medical records and other relevant information to determine the severity of your injuries
- Examine all available and relevant evidence related to your claim
Our Tacoma motorcycle accident attorneys have seen firsthand the devastation caused by these types of collisions. We recognize that motorcyclists tend to suffer far more severe injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles, SUVs, pickup trucks, and commercial vehicles, which is why we fight tirelessly to maximize our clients’ settlements. We believe that you deserve fair compensation for all your current and future damages, and we are ready to take your case to trial if that is what it takes to secure the justice you deserve.
How an Attorney at Our Firm Can Help
When you choose Cook Law Office, PLLC, you get an entire team of legal professionals dedicated to you and your case. We are available 24/7 to assist you and will provide personalized legal support and counsel throughout the entire process. We treat our clients like family and work tirelessly for the full, fair compensation they are owed.
Our firm will handle every legal detail of your case, and we can even assist you in locating the best doctors and obtaining the critical medical care you need. We are always here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, from the moment you call until the moment your case is resolved.
If you or someone you love was involved in a motorcycle accident in Tacoma or the surrounding areas, call Cook Law Office, PLLC at (602) 560-4756 for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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