Regardless of how experienced a rider is, getting into a motorcycle accident is always a distinct possibility. When this happens to you, it is important to know what to expect and what steps to take so that you can protect your legal rights and seek financial compensation for your damages.

With that in mind, here are some Spokane motorcycle accident frequently asked questions and our answers to them:


What if I was partially at fault for my motorcycle accident?

If you were partially to blame, but the other driver was over fifty percent at-fault, you can still receive financial compensation. Knowing that you had partial responsibility for the motorcycle crash makes it critical that you hire an attorney to gather evidence and limit your liability.


Who is at fault if a defective part caused my motorcycle crash?

This depends on whether the part was stock and came with your bike or was aftermarket. The bike manufacturer is responsible for any part that came with the bike. Aftermarket parts are the responsibility of their respective manufacturer.


Will I be treated fairly in court if I ride a motorcycle?

Yes—with the help of an attorney. We do not recommend representing yourself because many people have an unfair bias against motorcycle riders, and opposing attorneys may try to use this against you.


What do I do if I was a motorcycle passenger and the driver caused the accident?

You can file a lawsuit against the motorcycle driver since it was his or her negligence that caused your crash. Any time that you are injured due to someone else’s actions, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them.


What if the driver who hit me while I was on my motorcycle fled the scene?

You need to call the police right away and file an accident report, preferably from the scene. They can often find the car that hit you. In the meantime, you should still file a claim with your insurance company. Once the party has been identified, we can file a lawsuit.


Can I still file a lawsuit if I was not wearing a helmet during my motorcycle wreck?

Yes, however, since not wearing a DOT-approved helmet is against the law, you are likely to be found partially negligent for your injuries. If you suffered a head or brain injury, the other party could successfully argue that you were to blame for not wearing protective equipment.


How do I get medical care after my motorcycle crash if I don’t have health insurance?

If you do not have health insurance but have motorcycle insurance, your motorcycle insurance carrier can provide you with a claim number to be used at the doctor. This will allow them to bill your insurance directly. Once the trial is over, your insurance company will bill the at-fault party’s insurer.


Help from a Spokane Motorcycle Crash Attorney

To discuss issues specific to your case in greater detail than these Spokane motorcycle accident frequently asked questions, call 1-800-404-9000 or complete the form below to schedule a free case evaluation with Craig Swapp & Associates.