Seattle Fatal Motorcycle Accident Lawyers
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Deadly Motorcycle Crash in Washington
Washington boasts some of the country's most beautiful landscapes and most prosperous cities. It is no wonder that motorcycling is a popular form of transportation and recreation. But whether you are riding to and from work in Bellevue or taking a long recreational ride around Lake Washington, motorcyclists are at the mercy of other drivers and potentially dangerous hazards. Unfortunately, these dangers can result in devastating accidents that cause fatal injuries.
When a loved one is killed as a result of the negligence of another, compensation may be the last thing on your mind. Nonetheless, the responsible parties should be held accountable for taking your loved one away from you.
Joseph "J.P" Pendergast, of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., has dedicated his career to holding those responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one in a motorcycle accident liable. With a successful track record handling motorcycle accident cases, our Seattle fatal accident law firm has the resources and knowledge you need to get the justice you deserve. To learn about your legal rights and options, call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
Washington Motorcycle Accident Recoveries
- $225,000 recovery for motorcycle accident injury.
- $175,000 recovery for a man who suffered injuries when a car swerved and knocked him off his motorcycle.
What Must Be Done
Once you have been notified of the death of your loved one in a motorcycle accident in Washington, the shock eliminates all other thoughts from your mind. You may feel like you are not capable of doing anything but grieve, but you have to make important decisions for your family. You need to address end of life decisions such as notifying the rest of the family, including children if you have any, making funeral arrangements, dealing with a list of other things which you cannot even imagine and, of course, looking towards the future, a future without your loved one.
The financial and emotional burdens created by such a devastating event are almost unbearable, but you may be able to obtain justice and a sense of closure for the wrongful death of your loved one by holding the person or entity at-fault for their accident responsible.
Do You Have a Valid Fatal Motorcycle Accident Claim?
Some confusion about whether or not you have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable is common. The main factor of a wrongful death claim is negligence. It must be proven that your loved one's accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another in order for you to pursue legal action. Common examples of negligence that may cause a fatal crash include, but are not limited to:
Making the Necessary Decisions
If your loved one's accident was caused by the negligent actions of another, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim, but you must be careful not to miss your opportunity to get justice for your loved one.
In Washington, once you have determined who the responsible party is, you only have one to three years (depending on the facts) to bring a lawsuit to collect compensation from them. If your lawsuit is not filed within the permitted time frame, you lose the ability to make those responsible pay and you lose the ability to obtain a measure of financial security for your family.
Dedicated Legal Representation at Your Side
The law which possibly provides compensation to you and your family for the death of your loved one in a wrongful death accident may be unfamiliar to you. With all the other things you will have to handle, dealing with this aspect of the accident is something you should not have to handle alone. You will need, and should seek out, someone who can handle the financial aspects with compassion, experience and dedication like the Seattle fatal accident lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Contact us today to find out how we can help.
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