It can be hard to beat the exhilaration and joy of riding a motorcycle. Sunshine, an open road, and the wind in your hair while the gorgeous scenery of Snohomish County and western Washington surrounds you, can make for a fantastic afternoon.
It can also make for a lifelong tragedy. When drivers fail to share the road with bikers, catastrophic injuries or death are often the results. The same freedom bikers love is the source of the vulnerability and exposure that can make motorcycle accidents particularly devastating.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC, understand and respect bikers. We know the unique dangers they face every time they hit the road, as well as the consequences that follow when negligent or reckless drivers cause accidents or collisions. We have also seen how unfair and outdated stereotypes about bikers can present hurdles in the recovery of compensation for injuries and losses suffered in motorcycle crashes.
With a long track record of success built on experience, tenacity, and a commitment to our clients, we are fierce advocates for injured bikers and the families who have lost loved ones in motorcycle accidents.
Bikers Face Bigger Risks
Without the protection of steel frames, airbags, and seat belts, bikers are largely unshielded from the impact of the ground, vehicles, or other objects when they are involved in accidents. That is a big reason that 5,286 Americans died in motorcycle accidents in 2016, including 81 Washington bikers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Per mile traveled, the NHTSA concluded that bikers were 28 times more likely to die in an accident than car or truck occupants.
While helmets and protective gear should always be worn and prevent many injuries, they are no guarantee against catastrophic injury or death. In fact, 94 percent of bikers killed in Washington motorcycle crashes in 2016 were wearing helmets, according to the NHTSA.
Motorcycle Accident Causes and Injuries
While many motorcycle accidents are caused by the same factors as car accidents – such as drunk driving, speeding, or distracted driving – motorcycles’ smaller stature and greater maneuverability make them more prone to car and truck driver negligence, which can take the form of:
- Unsafe lane-changing accidents
- Front-end collisions
- Wide-turn accidents
- Left-hand turn accidents
- T-bone and intersection collisions
Even with helmets and other protective gear, bikers remain particularly vulnerable to a wide range of catastrophic injuries including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Eye injuries
- Road rash
- Broken bones
- Neck injuries
Schedule Your Free Consultation With an Everett Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, recovery can be a long road. If those injuries and losses were the results of someone else’s negligence, you need and deserve the compensation, resources, and support that can make that road a little shorter. At Deno Millikan, we fight tirelessly to get western Washington bikers back on their bikes and back to their lives. Contact our offices in Everett, Washington, today to schedule a free initial consultation.