A 2010 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that approximately 4,500 fatalities nationwide were the result of motorcycle accidents and nearly half of those involved a collision with a car. Motorcyclists have every right to use the road – in safety. This includes using full width of the lane and even driving two abreast in a lane. Other motorists have a duty to look out for anyone or anything on the road, and brake in time to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, and any Washington DC motorcycle accident attorney will tell you, motorcyclists suffer injury and death much more often than car and truck drivers. Spinal cord injury, brain injury, and fatalities are not uncommon.
Motorcycle accident cases are a challenge – a challenge the personal injury lawyers at Trombly & Singer, PLLC take on wholeheartedly. The challenge is the danger of a jury believing the motorcyclist was at fault or not deserving of full compensation for his or her injuries. Of course, there are news stories about risk-taking motorcyclists. But fault almost always lies with the car driver, and our attorneys can clearly explain that and work hard to achieve a settlement that will pay for all necessary costs resulting from the accident.
Common Causes of DC Motorcycle Accidents
Negligent motorists, including car and truck drivers, on the road cause the most accidents that injure motorcyclists in the District. Although these accidents may cause little harm to the car driver, they frequently do serious harm to the motorcyclist given the significant lack of protection. Motorcycle accidents can be caused by a variety of reasons such as:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Defective motorcycle parts
Most of these can be combatted by motorists who are more aware of their environment and take the necessary precautions to avoid motorcyclists. Because of this, distracted drivers should be held liable for any harm they cause due to their negligence and a qualified motorcycle accident attorney at Trombly & Singer, PLLC can help see that through.
Available Damages After a DC Motorcycle Crash
The Washington DC motorcycle accident attorney representing you in your serious personal injury case will seek compensation for the money you have lost or will lose as a result of your injury, but also for other damages that have an impact on your quality of life, including pain and suffering, both emotional and physical. After you’ve sustained an injury caused by a negligent driver, your lawyer will pursue compensation for the following:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Lost current and future wages
- Medical care and rehabilitation costs
- Funeral expenses in wrongful death cases
Consult a DC Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
If the responsible party or insurance company believes that a jury will not be kind to our client, they will be harder to negotiate with. Our approach is to prepare each and every case for a serious battle in court. We know all the tactics of insurance companies and have the trial skills and experience to be successful in court. Our choice to be selective in accepting cases, and maintain a reasonable caseload, means our clients get our full attention and the best case possible in negotiation or trial.
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you may have a wrongful death case against the parties responsible. Contact Trombly & Singer, PLLC to learn more about our qualifications and discuss your case. Call our office at 202-775-8888 to schedule a free case evaluation with an aggressive Washington DC personal injury lawyer today. We are here to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.