Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Accidents

From coastal roadways to scenic mountain drives, Washington offers some of the most beautiful landscapes for drivers and motorcyclists alike. Unfortunately, while their beauty is undeniable, these roadways are not always safe. Accidents occur every day, causing serious injury and death to even the most attentive motorists. At Countryman Injury Law, we protect the rights of individuals involved in motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents. Leveraging our expertise and years of experience, we will secure the settlement you need and deserve. To learn more about how we can help, consider connecting with us at (425) 492-5554 today.  

Washington Traffic Statistics

Based on the most current data available from the Washington State Department of Transportation, over 100,000 accidents occurred in Washington roadways in 2022. Over 400 people died, and more than 25,000 individuals sustained an injury as a result of these accidents. In fact, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, this is the greatest number of deaths on Washington roads and highways since 1990. 

These statistics become even more troubling when motorcycle accidents are taken into consideration. In 2022 alone, over 2,000 motorcyclists were involved in a collision, causing over 130 fatalities (WA Traffic Safety Commission). These accidents typically involve circumstances such as impaired driving, speeding, or distracting driving, and the accidents are often not the fault of the motorcyclist. 

Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents can – and do – happen to anyone, regardless of how safely you drive or how aware you are of your surroundings. At Countryman Injury Law, we believe that knowledge is your greatest asset following an accident, and we strive to ensure that all Washington drivers and motorcyclists understand and exercise their rights after being injured in a crash. 

What Are Common Causes of Motor Vehicle & Motorcycle Accidents?

Accidents happen for a variety of reasons. While it is often impossible to anticipate an accident, the majority of motor vehicle and motorcycle collisions occur due to the poor decisions and risky behaviors of others on the road. The most common causes for auto accidents in Washington include: 

  • Drug and alcohol impairment. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission reports that 50% of roadway fatalities occur due to drug and alcohol impairment. This translates to over 25,000 annual arrests due to impaired driving, indicating a ubiquitous problem in the state. 
  • Distracted driving. In Washington state, distracted driving is a factor in one third of all traffic fatalities and one fourth of all accident-related injuries. 
  • Speeding. A common risky behavior on Washington roads and highways, excessive speed is a contributing factor to thousands of accidents every year.
  • Mechanical malfunctions. An often-overlooked factor, vehicle and motorcycle malfunctions are a common cause of accidents. In some cases, a mechanical malfunction can be the sole reason for the accident while in other situations, a malfunction is a contributing factor that transforms a minor accident into a fatal event. 
  • Road conditions. It is no surprise that Washington motorists are often caught driving in unsafe conditions, including snow and wet roads. Even when proper precautions are taken, road conditions can increase the likelihood of an accident. 

What Should You Do After a Motor Vehicle or Motorcycle Accident?

After being involved in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, your next steps are critically important. Of course, exchange insurance information with the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. Take photographs of the scene of the accident as well as any property damage, as this evidence can help support your case down the line. 

Your health is the most urgent priority after an accident, so seek medical care for your injuries as soon as possible. Even if you believe that your injuries are minor, having a medical professional assess your health can prevent complications long-term. Early intervention is key to restoring function and managing pain, and some injuries can become worse without the proper diagnosis and treatment. Be sure to maintain all medical records associated with your care, as these documents will become important to your personal injury case. 

Finally, consider contacting an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Time is of the essence when it comes to personal injury cases, and it is important to get ahead of insurance companies who will attempt to minimize their payout to you. Profit-motivated insurance companies will use your statements against you to lower your settlement, and having an attorney on your side during these negotiations can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. 

How Can an Experienced Attorney at Countryman Injury Law Help?

With over a decade of experience navigating accident-related personal injury cases, we understand how to secure the compensation you deserve. Our team is highly decorated and our record of success speaks to our unwavering dedication to our clients. What sets us apart is our integrity, transparency, and client-centered approach. When you work with our team, you can expect to have open and honest communication. You can expect to have your needs prioritized at every step of the process. Most importantly, you can expect to be treated like a person rather than a mere case number. 

We represent motorists in a diverse range of cases and have the experience necessary to help you obtain the greatest settlement possible to compensate your injuries, lost income, and emotional distress. Countryman Injury Law is here to help you recover after a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, and we will employ the most effective legal strategy to ensure that your case is resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Insurance companies are profit-oriented and will typically offer you the lowest settlement possible to reduce their expenses. Your attorney will act as a powerful advocate for you, identifying all liable parties and potential sources of damages in your case. They understand the tactics that insurance companies use to minimize your settlement and will ensure that you are not taken advantage of during the negotiation process. 

Contact Our Team Today

If you were involved in a motor vehicle or motorcycle accident, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and unsure of where to turn for support. At Countryman Injury Law, we will advocate for your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve after being injured in an accident. With the help of our team, you can be confident that your case will be handled with compassion, professionalism, and the utmost respect. To schedule a free consultation with us, consider contacting our Bothell office at (425) 492-5554 today.