Motorcycling Is Symbolic of Freedom – or Wrongful Death

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2017

We all know the pros of riding a motorcycle—they use less gas, you can zip through traffic, and they’re a whole lot of fun.

But there are some very big cons about riding motorcycles, too. The most painful negative about riding a motorcycle is that you don’t have any outside protection like you would in a car. You also have only two tires with which to grip the road as opposed to four in a car. This can be dangerous in a predominantly wet environment like the Seattle area. One of the biggest cons of riding a motorcycle is that other drivers have a tendency not to see you because of your size.

Statistics bear out the dangers of motorcycle riding. Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that when compared to the occupant of a car or other motor vehicle, a motorcycle rider is 34 times more likely to suffer a fatal injury when involved with a traffic accident. Other motorists have a duty to share the road with motorcycle riders. This is not just a moral duty; it is also a legal duty.

What Recompense Can You Receive in a Wrongful Death Claim?

If a family member or other loved one has lost his or her life in a motorcycle accident caused by another person or company, you may have grounds for a wrongful death suit. In such a suit, you may be eligible for compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Property damage.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.
  • Medical bills.
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before he/she died.
  • Loss of future income.
  • Loss of future benefits, such as medical benefits and retirement benefits.
  • Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, etc.
  • Loss of household services the deceased provided, such as bookkeeping, child care, vehicle and property maintenance, etc.
  • Punitive damages.

While automobile drivers are required to carry liability insurance, the amount they carry isn’t always enough to cover the damages you are left with. This is why you need an experienced Seattle motorcycle wrongful death attorney to get you the settlement you deserve. The legal team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has been getting substantial settlements for Washington families for over 40 years. Call them today at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.

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Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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