Who Is at Fault for My Spokane Motorcycle Accident?
Determining who is at fault for an accident is critical to any personal injury case because it directly impacts whether you will be entitled to financial compensation.
After a motorcycle crash, it’s normal to ask, “Who is at fault for my Spokane motorcycle accident?” However, this is only the first step in the process. Evidence must be gathered to prove your case, and it may become necessary to present it in court. This is why you need a motorcycle accident attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates to answer your questions and help you through the legal process.
Most commonly, the driver of a passenger car will be to blame for your accident. If you were hit by a distracted driver or someone that turned into your path, the evidence should indicate that he or she is to blame.
This becomes more complicated if you were involved in a multiple-vehicle collision, however. In this case, we will need to demonstrate the level of fault that each party involved in the accident had.
There are certain things that can help demonstrate another driver’s negligence. We will review all of this information, in addition to your account of the events, to determine if another driver is to blame for the crash:
- Pictures taken at the scene
- Accident reports filed with the police
- Video footage of the accident or its aftermath
- Medical reports
- Eyewitness testimony
As a motorcycle rider, you have to be particularly careful when it comes to dangerous roads. Roads that have been recently worked on or eroded due to bad weather and storms could be dangerous to ride on and easily lead to accidents. The same is true for shoulder drop-offs that are too steep and deep potholes.
If your wreck did not involve another vehicle but you are certain that you were riding responsibly, it could have been caused by dangerous road conditions. Since the government is required to maintain roads to a safe level, failure to do so could indicate liability on their part. In this case, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the city or state.
If your bike’s manufacturer produced an unsafe motorcycle, accidents caused by their failure to meet certain safety standards would then be a result of their negligence.
Even if there is not a recall out for your bike, it does not necessarily mean that there wasn’t a manufacturing defect involved in your crash. Since recalls are typically only issued after accidents have occurred, you may be one of the first to experience the problem in question.
Motorcycle Parts Manufacturers
If you had aftermarket parts put on your motorcycle and those parts turned out to be defective, you could also have a case against the motorcycle parts manufacturer.
First, we will need to determine if the parts were installed correctly. This is a necessary step because we need to know whether it was the mechanic’s fault or an actual defect with the part itself.
Speak with a Washington Motorcycle Accident Attorney
There are many questions that must be answered when determining who caused a motorcycle wreck. At Craig Swapp and Associates, we know what to ask and where to look for evidence. Give us a call at 1-800-404-9000 or complete the form below and schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced motorcycle crash attorney.