Experienced Spokane Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Ready To Assist You
Spokane, Washington, is not a particularly dangerous place to live. Nevertheless, it does see its share of road accidents. Among these, motorcycle accidents are probably the most devastating. Certain intersections see more accidents than others – Division and Sprague in downtown Spokane, for example, is notoriously hazardous, and the North Spokane Corridor (US 395) is also quite dangerous at times. If you are seeking an accomplished Spokane motorcycle accident lawyer, reach out to our attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC today
Our office in Spokane, WA
- Address: 1312 N Monroe St f179, Spokane, WA 99201
- Open hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Phone number: 509-228-8790
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What Our Lawyers Can Do for You
The highly-skilled Spokane motorcycle accident lawyers at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner can help you resolve your motorcycle accident claim in the following ways:
- We will investigate the accident, interview eyewitnesses, retain expert witnesses, collect evidence, contact the insurance company, and—if push comes to shove—file a lawsuit and represent you in court.
- We can negotiate with the defendant or (more likely) the insurance company on your behalf. You can expect the insurance company to become markedly more cooperative once they realize you have retained us to represent you. That’s the way it usually happens because everyone knows who Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner is. Only you have the authority to approve major case decisions, however, including final settlement.
- Our Spokane motorcycle accident attorneys will help you avoid extremely common mistakes, such as the careless use of social media, that can damage or even destroy your claim.
According to One of Our Clients…
“Best attorneys around. Extremely personable and knowledgeable especially in complicated cases! They work hard for you and keep you informed on what’s happening! I would refer people here in a heartbeat!” — Tara Pavone
Motorcycle Accident Safeguards
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, motorcycles comprise only 3% of road users in Washington state. But they are involved in 15% of road fatalities in the state. Riding a motorcycle carries inherent risk, and abiding by the traffic laws of our state is the best start to reducing that risk.
In Washington, helmets are required for all motorcycle riders. Helmets can take many forms to comply with the law but must meet the requirements of the Department of Transportation. If the motorcycle does not have a windshield, the driver must also have safety goggles or a face shield approved by the Washington state patrol. Washington motorcyclists are also required to outfit their bikes with a horn, left and right mirrors, a muffler, a certain height of handlebars or grips on the bike, and head and tail lights to illuminate the road for them in low light conditions. As with any hobby, start by getting the proper gear for you and your bike.
The next thing you need is a motorcycle endorsement. You must either complete a course to do this or take a knowledge and riding skill test. Just like driving a car, you have to show that you know the laws and have the skills to be safe on the road.
Another important investment you need to make is insurance. You are required by Washington state to carry insurance on your motorcycle. The better your insurance, the more you can recover if you are in an accident. If you are riding a motorcycle, your chances of being in an accident are higher; therefore, you should get the best insurance you can afford.
Hopefully, you will stay safe out there, and if you don’t, our skilled Spokane motorcycle accident lawyer is here to consult with you.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
While riding a motorcycle can be an enjoyable hobby, it also carries risks and can be dangerous. If you suffered injuries in an accident, contact a skillful Spokane motorcycle accident attorney at our firm today. We are here to fight for you and help you obtain the compensation you need for your injuries. Causes of motorcycle accidents in Spokane fall into the following categories.
Manufacturing and design defects can cause injuries. You may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries. Some examples of motorcycle defects include problems with the brakes, engine, and frame. Contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Spokane if you believe you suffered injuries due to a defect.
Drivers with little experience can pose a serious danger to motorcyclists. If an inexperienced driver is responsible for your injuries, we will make sure that they—or, more likely, their insurance company—provide you the financial compensation you deserve. A talented motorcycle accident attorney in Spokane can provide additional information and help you investigate further.
Dangerous Road Conditions
Dangerous road conditions can also result in catastrophic motorcycle crashes. Road hazards may cause riders to stop too quickly or lose control of their motorcycle. Some hazardous road conditions include the following:
- Icy roadways,
- Construction sites,
- Substandard road design, and
- Poorly paved roads.
After suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident, having experienced attorneys by your side is vital. Reach out to a Spokane motorcycle accident attorney to assist you in recovering damages for medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Common Injuries in Motorcycle Crashes
Motorcycle accidents often result in severe injuries and the need for ongoing medical care. At Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner, we can help you receive compensation for the medical care you need to recover and the pain and suffering accompanying it. A handful of the most frequently occurring injuries in motorcycle collisions are below.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Motorcycle accidents often cause spinal cord injuries. These injuries vary in severity, but they often have serious, long-term consequences, including paralysis. Back and spine injuries can make returning to work or participating in everyday activities challenging. While we cannot reverse the physical harm you suffered in a motorcycle accident, our lawyers can aid you in recovering the money you need to carry on with your life. Allow us to help you with your claim so that you can focus on your health.
Bone fractures to arms, wrists, ribs, and legs are all too common after a motorcycle collision. A person might sustain numerous types of fractures, such as closed, incomplete, or open fractures. Contact our attorneys today for more details and to get started filing your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I Was Driving Without a Motorcycle License. Will This Kill My Claim?
No – in fact, it is completely irrelevant to your personal injury claim. You might be fined or even prosecuted in criminal court for this, but it has nothing to do with your entitlement to damages. The argument that “You shouldn’t have been on the road anyway, and if you hadn’t been on the road, the accident would never have happened” will not float in a Washington state court of law.
Is Lane-Splitting Legal in Spokane?
No, lane-splitting is illegal everywhere in the state of Washington – although a bill has been introduced to the legislature that would legalize this practice. Even if you were lane-splitting at the time of the accident, however, it will not affect your right to compensation unless it operated as a substantial cause of your accident. Even then, you might still be entitled to partial compensation if the defendant was also partially at fault for the accident
Can I Recover Damages Even If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
It is possible, even though riding without a helmet is illegal in Washington. The most likely result is that your failure to wear a helmet will result in lowered damages on the reasoning that your head injuries would have been less severe if you had been wearing a helmet.
Will I Automatically Win If I Can Prove That the Defendant Was Violating a Traffic Law at the Time of the Accident?
No, and you won’t automatically lose even if you were the one violating the law at the time of the accident. In Washington, the violation of a law is considered, at most, mere evidence of negligence, which can be argued either way in court or at the settlement table. Other issues include whether both parties were violating the law and whether a violation of the law actually caused the accident.
You Don’t Need a Penny to Retain Us
You might entertain the notion that you simply cannot afford to retain a top personal injury law firm like Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner. You don’t need to worry about that, however, because our bill will not come due until after our highly experienced Spokane motorcycle accident attorney has already won your case. And if we don’t win, no bill will ever arrive. That’s just the way our team does business around here.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA
Your best chance of winning your motorcycle accident claim and receiving every penny you are entitled to begin pursuing your claim immediately.
Our Spokane motorcycle accident lawyers have spent the past four decades working with injured victims to resolve their claims. We represent any injury claim, such as auto vehicle accidents, commercial truck crash accidents, medical negligence and malpractice, dog bite attacks, and wrongful death claims.
Call and speak with the skilled Spokane motorcycle accident attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner today or fill out our online contact form for a free, confidential case consultation.