Experienced Mt. Vernon Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Ready To Serve You
Many people enjoy the freedom of motorcycle riding in Mt. Vernon and Skagit County, where you can enjoy scenery ranging from snow-capped mountains to the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley. Motorcycles are dangerous vehicles, however, with frequent accidents on major thoroughfares such as Interstate 5, SR 9, and SR 20, as well as on lonely country roads. Unfortunately, injuries from motorcycle accidents tend to be serious. If a motorcycle accident happens to you or your loved ones, our trusted Mt. Vernon motorcycle accident lawyer will fight for you.
What We Have to Offer
Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner has handled over 2,500 personal injury cases since its founding in 1972. The following is a brief rundown of some of the typical services we provide:
- We help arrange for the best medical care that is available. We have done this many times before for a multitude of personal injury clients.
- We calculate future damages, so that our clients know exactly how much to demand. This calculation can be tricky if your injuries left you with a long-term or permanent disability.
- We collect evidence and make sure that it is admissible in court under the rules of evidence.
- We negotiate with insurance adjusters and defendants for the highest possible settlement. Ultimately, however, as our client, only you are authorized to approve any settlement offer.
- We file complaints with the appropriate courts to initiate lawsuits against stubborn defendants. This doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a trial. It does, however, allow us to demand evidence from the other side that might otherwise be unavailable. If the other side refuses to provide it, we can seek a court order compelling them to provide it to us.
- We fight at trial, if necessary. In most cases, this is not necessary because a settlement is usually reached before trial. Some defendants, however, are too stubborn to offer a fair settlement.
The following is an incomplete list of some of the types of cases we frequently handle:
- Wrongful Death
- Car Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Sexual Abuse
- Products Liability
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the most common injuries suffered by motorcycle accident victims?
Although any part of the body can be affected by a motorcycle accident. Some types of injuries are more common than others. Here is a list of some of the most common injuries:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and soft tissue injury (whiplash, for example)
- “Road rash” (skin abrasions)
- Spinal cord injury
- Tissue damage
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
What kinds of damages might I be eligible for?
As a general principle, you are entitled to compensation for all of your losses, both tangible and intangible, including:
- Medical expenses, including anticipated future medical expenses
- Lost earnings from work, including future lost earnings
- Out of pocket expenses related to the accident such as childcare while you are hospitalized
- Intangible psychological damages such as pain and suffering and PTSD
Wrongful death damages may be available to surviving loved ones if the injury turns out to be fatal.
I was riding without a motorcycle license at the time of the accident. Am I barred from damages?
No. Although you could potentially be prosecuted for driving without a license, your lack of a license is not relevant to whose fault the accident was. If the accident was not your fault, you should be entitled to damages with or without a license.
Should I sue or settle?
Settlement is the preferred means of dispute resolution for just about anyone, because it is usually much easier and quicker than courtroom litigation. Your best bet will probably be to open settlement negotiations, file a lawsuit if the defendant turns out to be stubborn, and then resume negotiating and try to reach a settlement before the trial date arrives. Over 90 percent of all claims are settled before trial.
Decisive Action Can Make It Happen
The longer you wait to seek professional assistance enforcing your rights, the weaker your claim will become. Evidence deteriorates, witnesses move out of town and, above all, the statute of limitations deadline starts to become important. From the moment we take your case, we will begin creating a strategy that is tailor-made to the specific facts of your individual case.
If you have suffered a serious injury in a motorcycle accident that you believe may have been someone else’s fault, contact a skilled Mt. Vernon motorcycle accident attorney at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner immediately by calling or completing our online intake form, so that we can contact you to schedule a free consultation and evaluate your options. We deal with clients from Highland Greens, Pine Creek Estates, Woodside, and elsewhere in Mt. Vernon.