Motorcycle Accident

Richland Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Strong advocacy for catastrophic and deadly motorcycle crashes in WA

Riders in Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco love the great views of nature. The Columbia and Yakima rivers, the Sacagawea Heritage Trail, and the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve are just some of the attractions. Motorcycle owners love riding with other riders. Motorcycles are much more affordable than passenger cars. There are dangers, though. It’s easy to lose control of a motorcycle. Crashes often cause catastrophic injuries. Many motorcycle riders die when a collision occurs.

At Telaré Law, our Richland motorcycle accident lawyers are respected across Southeast Washington for our ability to obtain strong results. We are skilled at proving the liability of defendants and showing how, in every way, a motorcycle accident changes your life – financially, physically, and emotionally. Contact us to start your claim. We are ready to assert your rights today.

Why are motorcycle crashes so dangerous?

Motorcycles are inherently dangerous for several reasons:

  • The size of the motorcycle. When a motorcycle collides with a car or truck, the motorcycle is likely to be crushed. The riders are likely to suffer life-changing catastrophic injuries or die.
  • The lack of physical protection. When a motorcycle collides with other vehicles – there’s no hood, trunk, side door, or roof to protect the rider. Riders are likely to fall to the hard asphalt or be crushed by the metal of the larger vehicles.
  • An increased risk of accidents. Cars and trucks regularly fail to respect the right of the motorcycle to be on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5,000 motorcyclists died in 2019. A motorcycle rider is nearly 30 times as likely to die and four times as likely to be injured as an occupant of a passenger car.

What types of injuries do motorcycle accident victims suffer?

Many motorcycle accident victims live with injuries that affect every part of their life. At Telaré Law, our lawyers represent clients with complex, catastrophic claims such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Traumatic arm and leg amputation
  • Disfiguring burn injuries
  • Spinal cord damage and paralysis
  • Open fractures, compound fractures, and other bone injuries
  • Damage to internal organs
  • An inability to see or hear
  • Severe damage to other parts of the anatomy
  • Wrongful death

Most victims, if they’re lucky enough to survive, have huge medical bills for their emergency care, surgeries, rehabilitative care, and psychological trauma. Many victims are unable to use parts of their body. Many motorcycle accident victims have difficulty performing simple daily tasks.

What you should know about road rash

Motorcycle accidents often cause a rider to slide along the asphalt or gravel. As the victim slides, the victim’s skin is in constant contact with these harsh surfaces, causing “road rash.” Road rash victims usually require skin grafts and plastic surgery to manage the pain and improve the victim’s appearance. Infections are a known complication. Many victims end up with nerve damage, shattered bones, and permanent disfigurement. Victims with road rash also usually require psychological counseling.

We highlight this injury because road rash is a far more significant injury than insurance companies like to admit. Our Richland motorcycle accident lawyers work with your physicians and our network of physicians to verify and document what your medical injuries are, why they require so much physical and emotional care, and how the injuries affect your ability to work, enjoy your family, and participate in the joys of life.

What types of Richland motorcycle accident cases do you handle?

Telaré Law represents victims of all types of motorcycle accidents, including:

  • Head-on accidents
  • Broadside collisions
  • Rear-end accidents
  • Multiple-vehicle accidents
  • Road defect claims
  • Being struck by an open door

We thoroughly question all the witnesses, investigate the accident site, inspect the vehicles involved in the crash, request relevant documents starting with the insurance policies of the defendants, and speak with the police. By the time we’re ready to submit your case to trial and to negotiate with the insurance adjusters – we understand fully how the accident happened, and why the defendants are liable.

Why do motorcycle accidents happen in Southeast Washington?

The crux of every liability claim is to prove fault. At Telaré Law, our personal injury lawyers work aggressively to show why your motorcycle accident happened. Common causes include:

  • The failure of a car or truck driver to respect your right and your position on the highway
  • The failure of another driver to yield the right of way to a motorcycle driver
  • The failure to see the motorcycle because of blind spots and other reasons
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving while distracted (text, eating, looking at a GPS, etc.)
  • Speeding
  • Other traffic violations
  • Improper turns
  • Lane-splitting
  • Lack of training on how to operate and maintain a motorcycle

Who is liable for a motorcycle accident in Richland?

At Telaré Law, we take pride in our ability to identify and file claims against all the responsible defendants. In Richland motorcycle accident cases, the defendants may include:

  • A car driver
  • A truck driver
  • Another motorcycle operator
  • The owners of the vehicles involved in the crash
  • A manufacturer of a defective motorcycle part (such as brakes, tires, chassis, fuel lines, and helmets)
  • Anyone who serves alcohol to a minor or a person who is visibly intoxicated – if that driver causes the motorcycle accident
  • The Washington Department of Transportation or other government units who have the responsibility for the design, repair, maintenance, and usage warnings of a roadway

What motorcycle laws govern driving in Washington state?

Washington state law requires that motorcycle owners and operators:

  • Have the proper equipment
  • That the motorcycles be inspected on a regular basis
  • That riders wear proper helmets and eye protection
  • Passengers must be at least five years old

Motorcycle drivers must have a valid license. Riders who are under 18 must show proof they’ve taken an approved motorcycle class.

How much is my Richland motorcycle accident claim worth?

Most motorcycle accident victims suffer catastrophic life-changing injuries. Most victims live with constant pain. Our Richland personal injury lawyers are skilled at showing all your damages including:

  • Your medical expenses – for your surgeries, rehabilitation, recovery, and lifelong needs.
  • Your financial losses – including lost income, lost benefits, and your inability to work now and in the future.
  • Pain and suffering – for your daily pain, inability to perform daily living tasks, loss of life’s pleasures, and your emotional trauma.
  • Scarring and disfigurement – including psychological counseling.
  • Loss of consortium – for how your injuries affect your marital relationship.
  • Property damage – to your motorcycle or other property.

We also file a claim for wrongful death damages if a spouse, parent, or child dies in a motorcycle accident anywhere in Southeast Washington.

What is the time limit for filing a motorcycle claim in Richland?

The time limit for filing a motorcycle accident or wrongful death claim is generally within three years from the date of the accident. Don’t wait the three years. We need to investigate how the accident happened immediately. You need legal and medical help now.

Do you have a motorcycle accident lawyer near me?

Telaré Law speaks with clients in our office in Richland at 1321 Columbia Park Trail, Suite B, in Richland, WA. We also have a Kennewick location. We see clients at their homes or the hospital when necessary.

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Get help from a highly-skilled Richland motorcycle accident lawyer

When catastrophes occur, you need experienced personal injury lawyers on your side. Telaré Law handles motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and truck accidents. Many of our clients have injuries that never completely heal. Many victims have difficulty working and functioning. Our Richland motorcycle accident lawyers appreciate how worried and scared you are about litigation and about your future quality of life. Rest assured we understand how to protect you. We prepare you and your case for trial. Many claims do settle for high amounts.

To schedule a free consultation, call our Richland injury attorneys at 509-737-8500 or use our contact form. We advocate for motorcycle accident victims and families who live in Richland, Pasco, Walla Walla, Pullman, Othello, Moses Lake, Ritzville, and all Southeast Washington. We represent all motorcycle accident victims and families on a contingency fee basis.