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Distracted or Careless Driver Motorcycle Accident Lawyers in Kent

Driving a car requires constant focus and attention to detail. Any behavior that takes away from a driver’s focus can cause a severe accident, and severe accidents lead to injuries and bills for medical care and vehicle repair.

If you were injured or lost a family member in a motorcycle crash caused by a distracted or careless driver, you may be left out of work, struggling to pay mounting medical bills. A motorcycle accident lawyer on our team may be able to help you recover compensation for your losses, such as medical bills, property damage, loss of income, and more.

Contact Herschensohn Law today at (206) 588-4344 for a free case evaluation.

What Is Distracted or Careless Driving?

While distracted and careless driving can have the same outcome—a motorcycle accident—they are not the same thing. Careless driving is driving without proper care, attention, or reasonable consideration for other drivers. Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission defines distracted driving as driving while engaged in other activities that take the driver’s focus off the road. Talking on the phone, texting, or looking up information on a cell phone are examples of distracted driving. Distracted and careless driving are similar in that, in both situations, the driver neglects to drive with other people’s safety in mind. All drivers have a duty of care, or an obligation not to put others at risk, to other drivers. Distracted or careless drivers breach that duty of care. If they cause an accident, they are legally liable for it and financially responsible for any expenses incurred by the injured party.

Penalties for Distracted Driving

The State of Washington takes distracted driving seriously. Information from the state’s Department of Licensing states that the police can ticket drivers just for holding a cell phone. Drivers can use hands-free devices but talking or texting while holding a phone comes with a $124.00 fine. If you must text or talk on the phone, pull over and find a safe place to park.

How Much Is a Distracted or Careless Driving Case Worth?

Every accident is different, and the value of the damages changes depending on factors such as the extent of your injuries, your long-term prognosis, the severity of the property damage, and more. We can gather evidence to substantiate the value of your losses and help you seek favorable compensation from the at-fault driver and/or his insurance company. You may be able to recover:

Economic Damages After a Distracted or Careless Driving Accident

You may be able to recover economic damages for tangible losses you suffered because of the accident, such as:
  • Medical bills
  • Medical equipment expenses
  • Bills for home modifications
  • Vehicle repair or replacement bills
  • Loss of income such as salary, benefits, tips, and more

Non-Economic Damages After a Distracted or Careless Driving Accident

You may be able to recover non-economic damages for intangible losses you suffered because of the accident. It can be challenging to estimate the value of physical pain or emotional trauma, but a lawyer on our team can do so. You may be entitled to recover damages for:

Wrongful Death Damages After a Distracted or Careless Driving Accident

If you lost a family member in an accident caused by a distracted or careless driver, you may be able to recover damages for:
  • Final medical bills
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of household services
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of financial support

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Our Lawyer Can Assist with Your Distracted or Careless Driving Case

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A motorcycle accident lawyer on our team can guide you through the process of seeking damages from the driver responsible for your accident. We can:
  • Collect evidence of careless or distracted driving, such as the police report, eyewitness accounts, pictures of the scene, and more
  • File an insurance claim and submit supporting documents on your behalf
  • Negotiate an out-of-court settlement that fairly compensates you for your losses
  • File a lawsuit against the distracted or careless driver and represent you in court if need be
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Positive Results for Herschensohn Law

We can never promise results, but we will work to get you a fair outcome for your case. Our motorcycle accident lawyer will design a strategy tailored to your situation and stand up to the insurance company to get you the compensation you deserve. Here are some highlights from our case results:
  • $1.2 million settlement for the family of a man killed in a truck accident
  • $700,000 settlement for a mechanic who suffered a torn rotator cuff in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle
  • $450,000 settlement for a client who sustained a fractured jaw and torn colon in an accident caused by a drunk driver

File Your Distracted or Careless Driving Lawsuit Before Time Runs Out

If a careless or distracted driver caused your accident, you must file your lawsuit against them before the legal deadline. RCW § 4.16.080 usually sets the statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death at three years. This law means that you have three years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit or three years from the date your loved one died to file a wrongful death lawsuit. We can review the details of your case, determine how the statute of limitations applies, and help ensure that you meet all legal deadlines.

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

Call Herschensohn Law to Help with Your Distracted or Carless Driving Case

We may be able to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve from the distracted or careless driver behind your accident.

Reach out to Herschensohn Law today at (206) 588-4344 to learn more about our legal services. We offer free case consultations and work on contingency, so you pay nothing up front or out of pocket.

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When you request your free consultation, Kent personal injury attorney Zach Herschensohn will listen to you, answer your questions, lay out your legal options, and give you down-to-earth legal advice.

When you work with our law office, there are no obligations, hidden fees, or fine print. It’s that simple.

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