Spokane Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
If someone in your family died in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit that holds the negligent party accountable.
A family member’s death is always a sad and emotionally devastating time for any family. While we cannot bring back your loved one, we can help ease the financial burden of the loss. The key is to speak with a Spokane motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates as quickly as possible.
Only Certain Relations Can Sue for Wrongful Death
We encourage you to schedule a free consultation so that we can examine the relationship between you and the deceased. Generally speaking, you are entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you were related to the victim in one of the following ways:
- Spouse or domestic partner
- Child or stepchild
- Personal representative of the deceased’s estate
- Sibling or parent if the victim had none of the above
If either you are unsure of whether you can file or if more than one person in your family is planning on filing, you should speak with a lawyer at our office to determine how to proceed.
Time Is of the Essence
Hiring an attorney as soon as possible is within your best interests. While you technically have three years in which to file a lawsuit after the date of death, it is not wise to wait this long. Evidence is always easier to collect and witnesses easier to contact and identify immediately after the motorcycle crash.
Once retained, we will go to work gathering evidence, speaking with witnesses, and preparing your case for trial to ensure that you have the best opportunity to achieve a successful outcome.
Fighting Bias Against Motorcycle Riders
It’s unfortunate, but many people have an unfair bias against motorcycle riders. Some tend to assume that riders are reckless drivers and always responsible for a crash. This stereotype is false, and we can expose it for what it is in court.
Working with an experienced motorcycle attorney makes it easier to fight unfair bias and ensure that your loved one’s reputation is preserved both during negotiations and during the trial.
Valuing Your Wrongful Death Claim
When determining what your wrongful death claim is worth, we will need to understand the financial impact your loved one had on your life. As a spouse or child of the victim, all of the deceased’s income would essentially have gone into your household, so we will need to see their pay stubs or W-2s.
If you are a financially dependent parent or sibling, we will need to see evidence of the dependency you had on the deceased and what that dollar amount was.
As part of your wrongful death lawsuit, you can pursue financial compensation for all of the following damages:
- Medical bills and funeral expenses of the deceased
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- The cost of therapy or support groups
- Lost income and wages
Building a Strong Case
We will need to investigate the motorcycle accident and determine who was responsible for what happened. This will involve reviewing all available evidence:
- Police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Photographs and videos
Our job is to gather enough evidence to prove that someone else was responsible for the motorcycle accident and for your family member’s death.
Speak with a Spokane Motorcycle Wreck Lawyer
Get the help you need from a successful Spokane motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer. These cases can be complex, and you need the very best to represent you.
You can speak with an experienced attorney at Craig Swapp & Associates by using the contact form on this page or by calling 1-800-404-9000.