Motorcycle Crashes2018-09-20T21:44:19+00:00

Seattle Motorcycle Crash Attorney

Most motorcycle accidents are not “accidents” at all. An accident is predictable, and preventable.
Drivers who just don’t see motorcycles cause many collisions between motorcycles and cars. Drivers who turn left in front of bikes at intersections, don’t brake in time, merge into traffic lanes without looking — and ignore the right-of-way for motorcycles.

That’s why we say “crash”—not “accident”.

What to do after a motorcycle crash

Get Medical Care

If you were hurt in the crash, the most important thing you can do is get the recommended medical treatment.

Physical: Serious collisions can result in broken bones, head trauma, brain injury, spinal cord damage, and internal injuries.

Mental: One driver’s bad choice can change your life in a second. Violent, traumatic crashes and the aftermath of recovery can be very hard on mental health.

Emotional: It can be difficult for other people to understand how emotionally exhausting it is to experience a life-threatening event.

Document Everything

Time makes it much harder to reconstruct what happened before and after the collision.

Start a file of documents and information, including:

  • Medical bills and expenses;
  • Police reports;
  • Photographs of the scene, damage to the bike, and the injuries caused by the crash;
  • Property damage estimates;
  • Time lost from work, and
  • All letters from insurance companies or law firms.

Open an Insurance Claim

If you have not already done so, contact your own insurance company and open a claim.

Your insurance company will assign an adjuster. Depending on the number of motor vehicles and people involved in the crash, several insurance companies may assign adjusters.

You have the right to talk to a lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.

The public has an unfair bias against motorcycles. Insurance companies use that bias to their advantage. Insurance adjusters automatically blame the motorcyclist—even when the other driver admits fault.

The result: most motorcycle injury claims are complicated with questions about liability.

For more detailed information, review this guide to understanding your insurance policy.

Your Legal Rights

You have the right to have any offers of settlement reviewed by an attorney.

Sometimes, people sign away their right to fair compensation without realizing it. Call an attorney, and make sure your crash settlement is the best option for you.

Attorney Kevin Coluccio has been helping car crash victims get justice since 1985.

He has helped hundreds of injured people get through a difficult process – find out if Coluccio Law can help you.

Featured Motorcycle Crash Case

Case: Estate of John Doe v. Trucking Company
Result: $3.7 million dollars for the plaintiff

It was a clear, dry afternoon in Washington State. “John Doe” was on-call at his job. He had used his free time to get in a workout at his gym.

As he was riding his motorcycle home, a big truck suddenly turned left in front of him.

John couldn’t avoid the truck’s trailer. His bike crashed into it.

The truck driver hadn’t seen John, or the motorcycle. The trucker only stopped when he saw flames coming from his trailer.

The truck crash caused fatal injuries to John Doe.

The trucker attempted to blame the biker. He claimed John—whom he had not seen—was going too fast, and should have somehow avoided the truck’s trailer.

The surviving family contacted lawyer Kevin Coluccio. He conducted a detailed investigation. Working with experts, the legal team found facts and evidence disputing the truck driver’s claim.

John Doe left behind a loving wife and two teenage children. Ultimately, Coluccio resolved the motorcycle crash wrongful death claim for John’s family, the plaintiffs in this case.