Have You Been Injured in a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident in Seattle?
If you ride your motorcycle in Washington, it may be in your best interest to learn about your legal rights and options with regard to hit-and-run accidents. It is all too common for motorists to strike a motorcyclist and drive away. In such cases, victims are often left wondering how to seek financial support for their losses and what they can do to protect their rights. A skilled Washington motorcycle accident attorney can help.
Washington Hit-and-Run Law
It is against the law to leave the scene of an accident when someone has been injured or killed. According to Washington Statute 46.52.020: "A driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury to or death of any person or involving striking the body of a deceased person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible but shall then forthwith return to, and in every event remain at, the scene of such accident."
Why Motorcycles Are Often Involved in Hit-and-Run Collisions
What we see is that there is a fight-or-flight response that occurs immediately after an accident, which is, understandably, a stressful situation for everyone involved. However, when a larger vehicle strikes a smaller vehicle, such as a motorcycle, the larger vehicle may not suffer much damage. In some cases, there may be some front-end damage or a broken side-view mirror. Since motorists are in a position to drive away, some make the choice to leave the scene instead of contacting authorities, remaining at the scene and most importantly, helping the injured victim. The law requires all Washington motorists to take these actions in the event of a collision.
Protecting the Rights of Hit-and-Run Victims
A skilled car accident attorney will stay abreast of the official investigation to ensure that the at-fault party is held accountable for their wrongdoing. However, in some cases, authorities may not be able to identify or apprehend the hit-and-run suspect. In such cases, financial support may still be available for the victim through the uninsured motorist clause of his or her own auto insurance policy. That is why it is in the best interest of all Washington motorcycle riders to purchase uninsured motorist coverage as part of their motorcycle insurance policy.
At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we have many years of experience helping victims of hit-and-run accidents get fair compensation for their significant losses. If a hit-and-run driver has injured you or a loved one, please call our offices for a free consultation. We will work diligently to ensure that you receive the help, support and guidance you need during this difficult time.
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