Proven 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.
What We Can Do for You
The highly-skilled Spokane motorcycle accident lawyers at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC can help you resolve your motorcycle accident claim in the following ways:
- We will investigate the accident, interview eyewitnesses and perhaps 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 PLLC is. Only you have the authority to approve major case decisions, however, including final settlement.
- Our Spokane motorcycle accident lawyers 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 only comprise 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 glasses/goggles/or face shield approved by the Washington state patrol. Washington motorcyclists are also required to outfit their bike 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 the investment of 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 attorneys are here to consult with you.
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 PLLC. You don’t need to worry about that, however, because our bill will not come due until after our highly-experienced Spokane motorcycle accident attorneys have already won your case. And if we don’t win, no bill will ever arrive. That’s just the way we do business around here.
It’s Later Than You Think…
Your best chance of winning your motorcycle accident claim and receiving every penny you are entitled is 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 personal injury claim, such as auto accidents, commercial truck crash accidents, medical negligence and malpractice, and wrongful death.
Call and speak with the skilled Spokane motorcycle accident attorneys at Brett McCandlis Brown & Conner PLLC today or fill out our online contact form for a free, confidential case consultation.