Motorcycle accidents are different from car crashes. Because motorcycle riders have only their helmets and clothes to protect them, their injuries are more catastrophic. This makes the value of their claims higher and disputes with the negligent driver’s insurance company more complicated. If you were hurt in a motorcycle collision and want to obtain all the compensation you deserve, collecting evidence is crucial.
Important Evidence You Should Obtain to Prove Your Case
You should begin collecting evidence at the scene of your motorcycle accident, if at all possible. You will need evidence that proves the cause of your wreck, the injuries you suffered, and the amount of compensation you should receive. Here are some types of evidence that can help.
The police officer who comes to the accident scene will conduct an investigation and write a police report. Although the police report is not admissible in court, it can contain helpful information to help you prove the cause of your crash, such as:
- Statements from you and the negligent driver
- Witness statements
- Narration of how the crash occurred
- Diagram of the accident scene
- Officer’s conclusions as to who caused the collision
- Any traffic citations issued
Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to the motor vehicle and your motorcycle, the crash scene, weather conditions, skid marks, your injuries, and anything else that could help prove how the accident occurred. Ask a bystander to take the photos if you are too injured to do so.
Obtain the contact information and statements of witnesses to your crash. Eyewitnesses can corroborate the other driver’s negligence. If they do not know you, they can be even more persuasive in convincing his insurance company of their liability for your injuries.
You will need to obtain the negligent driver’s insurance policy to determine how much insurance coverage he has to compensate you. You should also review your own policy in case you need to file a claim if the at-fault motorcyclist was uninsured or underinsured.
Having good medical records is crucial. They can establish the seriousness of your injuries, treatments you need, and your final prognosis for recovering from your injuries.
Depending on the disputes with the insurance company, you may need to hire expert witnesses. A medical expert is often needed. Other experts that can be helpful include an accident reconstruction expert, engineer, and economic expert.
Proof of Your Damages
You will also need to prove the amount of compensation you should receive. Here are types of evidence to collect:
- Medical bills
- Pay stubs and other documentation of the wages, benefits, commissions, and other benefits of your job that you lost
- Estimates and receipts for the cost to repair or replace your motorcycle, helmet, clothes, and any other property damaged in the accident
The experienced motorcycle accident lawyers at Tavss Fletcher can help you collect the evidence you need and will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Take advantage of our free consultation to learn more about your options. Call our Norfolk office today to schedule your appointment.