Articles Posted in Motorcycle Accidents

If you’ve ever been in an accident and tried to collect an accident settlement from an attorney, then you know just how complicated, stressful and frustrating the process is. What should be a matter of asking and receiving the correct amount of money for your accident settlements is actually much more complicated than that and not nearly as straightforward as you may think.

The truth is, if you know what you are doing, you should be able to negotiate the right accident settlement without even hiring an attorney.

You may be wondering why that would be a good option. In fact, it often seems as though you would want a lawyer on your side during such a complicated process. There are a couple reasons hiring an attorney is not necessarily the best idea.

For one thing, you have to consider the cost. It may not be a financially sound decision to hire an attorney if your expected settlement is not that much. Remember you will always get less if you hire an attorney. Not to say they aren’t worth the money in some cases, but if you don’t get enough, you could end up spending money instead of receiving when it’s all said and done. A lawyer may be able to get you a higher accident settlement amount, but after they take their fee off the top, you end up with less than the lower amount you would have gotten on your own.

The other reason is that many personal injury cases are not as difficult as they may initially appear; in fact it’s often a straightforward process. If it’s a clear cut case of the defendant being at fault, getting an accident settlement amount that is fair should not be much of a problem.

When should you hire an attorney when dealing with accident settlements? If you aren’t absolutely sure the other party is fully to blame, and possibly if the dollar amount is large (more than several thousand dollars). In these cases, an attorney can make a difference. You can always hire an attorney if you think it’s necessary during any part of the process so if you start to feel like you’re unsure of what you’re doing, contact a lawyer.

Accident settlements don’t have to be complicated, and you have plenty of options to make sure you are compensated for your injuries.

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another.

Related Posts:

Answers to common questions

How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney

What is a Personal Injury Claim?
Continue reading

While driving has become a convenient and necessary part of our daily lives, you run the risk of getting in a car accident every single time you get behind the wheel, and even if you are just the passenger in someone else’s vehicle. In fact, almost everyone will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives, even if it is just a small fender bender.

What most people don’t know is that even if your accident is minor, you may be eligible for a car accident settlement. A car accident settlement is what you are entitled to after an accident, but it doesn’t have to just be for car or medical damages; it can be for emotional hardship as well.

Anyone can file a lawsuit against their own insurance company, another driver’s insurance company or the other driver personally if they don’t have insurance. The car accident settlement will determine how much you end up with for your trouble.

Is it a good idea to file a claim for a car accident settlement? It depends. While it’s relatively easy to determine how much damage has been done to your car, or how much your medical bills cost, other factors can be harder to determine. Is an accident that was not your fault causing you to miss work? If you can’t go to work, you can’t make money, and someone has to make up for that. Are you going through a lot of emotional stress due to being in the accident? Were children involved? These are all questions you have to ask yourself before deciding to file a claim.

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for a car accident settlement is to contact an attorney. An attorney who specializes in accident claims or personal injury suits can give you all the information you need. They’ll know the right questions to ask to determine if you should proceed, and they’ll be able to help you take the next step if necessary. If you decide to file a claim, the best way to ensure your car accident settlement is fair is to hire a lawyer who is familiar with your case.

You don’t have to sit back and take whatever an insurance company says you deserve if you’ve been in an accident. You can fight back.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who were killed.

Related Posts:

How To Get the Most From Your Accident Settlements

How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

Continue reading

If you have some kind of accident, such as a car accident, workplace accident, or even if you slip and fall on someone else’s property, you may suddenly find yourself trying to learn all you can about personal injury law.

Personal injury law covers personal accidents and damages that can be awarded when claims are made.

While you can file a personal injury claim for any type of accident, there are some things you should understand about personal injury law and how you can win your case.

For starters, accidents do happen, but sometimes they are just that-accidents, meaning no one is to blame. In these cases you probably won’t get far in the way of a personal injury claim.

If you file a claim and expect to be compensated for damages, you need to be able to clearly demonstrate that the party you are filing the claim against could have prevented the accident. For example, if you are walking down the street and fall on the sidewalk in front of someone’s house because you simply weren’t paying attention to where you were going, you are probably going to have a hard time getting a settlement from the homeowner. If, however you fall because the homeowner failed to remove a branch, or ice, or something else from the sidewalk and you fall, that homeowner may be responsible for your accident and may have to pay your medical bills or any other costs associated with the accident.

While this may seem like simple logic, personal injury law is a complex, and sometimes controversial topic. Many politicians feel that the amount of damages one can receive in a personal injury claim should be capped to a certain amount. Different accidents require different things however. Maybe you not only have medical bills from an accident, but you also can’t return to work due to a hospital stay. You lose money by not working, should the responsible party not be held liable for these damages as well?

Personal injury law is hard to navigate, and for that reason, if you feel like you need to file a personal injury claim, you should immediately contact a lawyer for advice. The lawyer can tell you what they think your chances are of a settlement and what the next step should be. You should get compensated if you have an accident that is not your fault, and a lawyer can help make that happen.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured due to construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents and slip trip and fall accidents.

Related Posts:

Garbage truck worker critically injured in Seattle accident

Washington Supreme Court upholds $6.5 wrongful death judgment in Spokane sewer plant accident

How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney
Continue reading

A 41-year-old Auburn man was critically injured and his passenger, an 11-year-old-girl, was injured when the motorcycle they were riding struck a deer on Highway 18 near Maple Valley on Sunday night.

The man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle; His condition is unknown. The girl was taken to Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Every year there are over a million collisions with deer, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Deer collisions result in approximately 150 fatalities and 10,000 injuries. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable in a collision with a deer. In 85% of motorcycle-deer collisions, the motorcyclist is killed while only 2% of car-deer collisions result in a fatality to the motorist.

Washington state is one of the top 10 states with the highest motor vehicle-deer collision rate.

We wish both the motorcycle operator and his passenger a speedy recovery.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent victims of motor vehicle accidents.

Related Posts:

Auto-Deer Collision Risk at Highest October-December

Teen driver killed in Sequim-area car accident after swerving to avoid deer

Man dies in accident after deer crashes through windshield
Continue reading

A Seattle woman, Kitzie Nicanor, was injured along with two other people as she sat on a Miami beach when she was hit by an ATV driven by an on-duty Miami police officer early Sunday morning.

Nicanor’s injuries were were not reported but her friend, Luis Almonte suffered a shattered femur in the accident. Nicanor and Almonter had been sitting on the beach waiting for sunrise when they were hit.

According to a report on, the officer, Derrick Kulian, was on-duty and reportedly had been drinking at a The Clevelander hotel bar prior to driving his ATV. Kulian was apparently joy riding with a female, Adelee Sharee Martin, that he had met at the bar and was driving with his lights out. Martin was thrown from the ATV in the accident and suffered minor injuries.

One witness told The Miami Herald that Officer Kulian fled the accident scene on foot.

The Miami Herald reports that Kulian, and a second police officer, Rolando Gutierrez, had both been drinking at the Clevelander Hotel. Both officers reportedly are being processed for termination.

This certainly seems like a scandal in the Miami police department. The police were charged with patrolling the beach due to a rash of thefts yet their reckless behavior resulted in the injury of citizens they were hired to protect.

Related Posts:

Puyallup teen killed in Oregon ATV accident

Olalla man killed in ATV accident near Port Orchard, woman injured

Man critically injured in Snohomish ATV accident

In an accident such as this one, the victims may have a strong civil suit not only against the officer but also against the Miami police department, especially if it is revealed that drinking on the job was condoned and that other officers attempted to cover for the offending officers.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents due to the negligence of another.
Continue reading

There is no doubt about it, automobiles are safer than they were 30 years ago. Motor vehicle accident deaths have decreased 23% since 1975 reports the U. S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).

Fatalities have decreased in good part because of improvements in vehicle design including front and side impact air bags, seat belts, child safety restraint systems and increased roof strength, all which have increased the safety to the passenger in a car accident.seattle car accident lawyer

J.D. Power Study on Automotive Emerging Technologies Study

Drivers are still seeking improved safety features in their vehicles. A study by J.D. Power and Associates measured consumer interest and purchase intent for emerging automotive technologies both before and after a market price was presented. While consumers are interested in wireless connectivity systems, mobile routers, navigation systems and other technologies, the feature that drivers were most interested in (77%) was a blind spot detection device.

What is a Blind Spot?, trucks, boats and aircraft have blind spots which are an area around the vehicle in which the driver cannot observe in their peripheral vision. In motor vehicles, blind spot are usually in areas of the road that the driver cannot see while looking forward or while using the rear view or side mirrors. Blind spots are usually at the rear quarter of the vehicle. Larger vehicles generally have larger blind spots.

To avoid car accidents, drivers must check their blind spots when lane changing or pulling out from the curb by either quickly turning their head or by correctly positioning side and rear-view mirrors as to reduce the blind spot. When backing up, a blind spot can be dangerous because the driver may not see a small child on a bicycle or a pedestrian.
Continue reading

The World Health Organization estimates that motor vehicle accidents will kill 1.9 million peope a year between now and 2010. Starting May 11, 2011, the WHO — with the participation of dozens of countries — have kicked off a global road safety campaign called “Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010” and their goal is to save millions of lives.

Motor vehicle accidents affect all nations and is the leading killer of the world’s young, ages 15-29. With 1.3 million people killed annually in motor vehicle accidents, car accidents are the ninth leading cause of fatalities globally.

In addition to those killed in motor vehicle accidents, 20-50 million people are injured every year, many seriously.

The Global Plan to reduce motor vehicle fatalities includes:

  • Improving road safety
  • Improving vehicle safety
  • Improving emergency services
  • Building up road safety management.

The plan also seeks legislation and enforcement of safety precautions including helmets for bicyclists and motorcyclists; mandatory seat belt use; mandatory child safety restraints; reduction in drinking and driving; reduction of speeding.

The Global Plan seeks to save 5 million lives every year and prevent 50 millision serious injuries in the ensuing decade.

World unites to halt death and injury on roads
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 set to save millions of lives
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car, truck, bicycle and pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages which includes medical care, loss of wages and for pain and suffering.

Related Posts:

NHTSA study reveals 40% of police officers killed in car accidents weren’t wearing seat belts

Insurance Institute asks for regulation of SUV, pickup and van bumpers to reduce accident repair costs

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates SUV roof strength in rollover car accidents

Continue reading

The TriCity reports that Joel Vance, 52, was killed and his wife, Lorri Vance, 51, was seriously injured in a West Richland motorcycle accident on Saturday at 4:38pm .

According to the report, the couple who are from Benton City, were both riding motorcycles west on Kennedy Road, when an eastbound sedan crossed the centerline line and collided with the couple head on.

Joel Vance died at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Lorri Vance was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident but at this point speed is considered a contributing factor.

Motor vehicle accidents when one driver crosses the centerline are among the highways most deadly. Often speed, driving under the influence or distracted driving can be causes.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents and the family of those killed due to the negligence of another driver. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages including medical costs, loss of wages and for pain and suffering. Under Washington State’s wrongful death statute, you can also make a claim on behalf of your deceased loved one.

Related Posts:

Bellevue Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

Shelton Highway 101 head-on car accident injures 5

Ellensburg man killed in cross-over car accident near Blewett Pass

Continue reading

The Washington Department of Health has designed Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington a Level III Trauma Center.

Level III Trauma centers can perform 24-hour emergency surgery and resuscitation. Previously, Evergreen Hospital was designated a level IV trauma center.

Evergreen was ranked #2 in Washington state and Top 10% in the nation for General Surgery by HealthGrades.

Harborview Medical Center
in Seattle provides Level I trauma services in the region for patients requiring neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery or a maxillofacial surgeon.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents and slip, trip & fall accidents.

Related Posts:

Trauma Center Levels

Harborview Level I Trauma Center – Seattle

Overlake Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center Level III – Bellevue
Continue reading

The Seattle Times reports that Steve E. Strand, 55, of Shelton, was killed in a Lacey-area motorcycle accident on Wednesday night. Strand, the father of five sons, was hit by a pickup truck driven by Brett Sotak.

According to the report, Brett L. Sotak, 39, of Lacey, was to believed have caused the fatal motorcycle accident. Police arrested Sotak and are investigating for Vehicular Homicide. Washington State Vehicle Code RCW 46.61.520 states that a driver can be charged with Vehicular Homicide if someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident and the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Sotak has two prior DUI convictions.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent the victims of drunken drivers and the their families.

Related Posts:

Two injured in motorcycle accident on I-90 west of Cle Elum

Alleged DUI driver causes Lacey car accident that leaves 5 injured, 1 critically

Motorcyclist and passenger injured in Yelm accident
Continue reading

Contact Information