Representing Victims of Roadway Negligence
One of the most valuable freedoms we have in the United States is the ability to use our vast network of roadways. People take on average over one billion trips per day, roughly 90% of those with a personal vehicle. Unfortunately, careless drivers cause thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year. These range from minor fender benders to major multi-vehicle collisions. Particularly vulnerable road users include bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. Auto drivers in Washington and Idaho are required by law to have a minimum of $25,000 of liability insurance to pay for injuries negligently caused. At Barden & Barden, we represent road users who have been injured or killed because of someone's careless act on the roadway.
Bicycle Crash Injuries
Bicycling is one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise, commute, or get from point A to B. The physical and psychological benefits of cycling are well documented. However, when sharing the roadways with autos and trucks, riding a bike can be dangerous. Serious injury often results to the bicycle rider in a collision with a motor vehicle. Barden & Barden has represented numerous people who were injured while riding their bicycles.
As pedestrians we often need to cross a busy road, or just walk on the shoulder or sidewalk. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users, with absolutely no protection from other vehicles. When an auto hits a pedestrian, the results are usually devastating. Serious injury and trauma are common. Death is a frequent result. At Barden & Barden, we have represented several pedestrians who were injured by careless motor vehicle drivers.
Motorcycle Crash Injuries
Riding a motorcycle is an incredible experience. The nimbleness and acceleration of these vehicles is unique among other users of our roadways. Unfortunately, in a motorcycle crash, the consequences are often severe. A collision with another motor vehicle typically results in severe and permanent injuries. Motorcyclists enjoy a right to the road but are often "not seen" by the liable motorist in an accident. The attorneys at Barden & Barden represent those who have been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents.
Car Accident Injuries
Collisions between autos and trucks is the most frequent cause of injuries on our roadways. Despite significant safety improvements over the last several decades, the size, speed, and velocity of motor vehicles often causes the occupants serious injuries upon impact. Frequently soft tissues of the body are injured, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries can take a long time to heal. The attorneys at Barden & Barden have worked with many auto drivers who were struck and injured.
Trucks on our roadways are a constant presence moving freight from place to place. It is estimated that over ten millions trucks are on our roadways at any one time. The large carrying capacity of these vehicles is beneficial for the businesses involved, but if an accident occurs, the effect on other roadways users is significant. The size and bulk of trucks can cause serious, life-altering injuries in a collision. Barden & Barden represents victims of trucking accidents who are seriously injured by these vehicles.
Common Carrier Injuries
A "common carrier" is a legal term to include any mass transportation vehicle such as buses, trains, and planes. While these vehicles are excellent ways to move people efficiently from place to place, an error by the driver, conductor, or pilot can cause serious injury or death to the passengers. The law places higher requirements on the companies that operate mass transport with regard to the safety of their passengers. Barden & Barden works with passengers who have been injured on buses, trains, planes, or other mass transportation.