If you're injured in a motorcycle accident, you can't assume the negligent driver and his insurance company will admit their responsibility for paying you proper injury compensation. You must gather supporting evidence to demonstrate the facts of your case and reinforce your right to financial recovery.
Six Forms of Evidence to Prove Your Motorcycle Case
It's critical to collect evidence right away at the collision scene before it is lost or destroyed. Here are some vital types of evidence you should secure right away.
The police report contains important information that helps you convince the insurance company other motorist was to blame for the incident. The officer at the scene conducts an investigation and includes this helpful information in his report:
- Date, time, and place of the accident
- Names and contact information of the driver and witnesses
- Narration on how the collision occurred and who was at fault
- Road and weather conditions
- Traffic citations issued
You should take photos with your smartphone of the damage to your motorcycle and any vehicles involved in the crash. Also capture photographic or video evidence of road conditions, skid marks, your injuries, and anything else that may be helpful. If you're too injured to do this yourself, ask someone at the scene for assistance.
Get all the contact information you can for witnesses to the accident so their statements regarding the accident can be added to evidence right away. If too much time passes, people tend to forget the details or move and become harder to contact. Neutral eyewitnesses who you don't know and have no stake in the outcome of your case can provide powerful statements to corroborate the driver’s negligence in causing the wreck.
You'll need all medical records and bills to prove the seriousness of your injuries, along with details of recommended treatments and their costs. Medical documentation can also help you establish the pain and suffering you endured due to the injuries.
You may need to retain expert witnesses to help resolve disputes with the insurance company and prove your case if it goes to jury trial. Professionals commonly used in motorcycle accident cases include:
- Medical expert
- Accident reconstruction expert
- Economic expert
- Highway safety expert
Your Motorcycle, Clothes, and Protective Gear
Your motorcycle, clothes, and protective gear should be preserved in the condition they were in at the time of your accident, as they could be needed as evidence. You should also take pictures of them. If you must repair your motorcycle, consult with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney before doing so in case an expert witness needs to inspect the machine before repair.
Were You Injured In A Kansas City Area Motorcycle Accident?
If you've been injured in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.