Riding a motorcycle on the open road can produce a liberating and exhilarating feeling, but being in a crash can have life-altering consequences. Since motorcyclists usually ride alone, there are no passengers who can be eyewitnesses to an accident and its causes. Most times, it is the motorcyclist’s responsibility to gather as much evidence as possible regarding the motorist’s negligence. Important evidence in a motorcycle accident includes:
Ensure that you photograph your helmet at the scene, retain it, and don’t alter it in any way. Wearing a helmet is one way to prove that you didn’t contribute to your own injuries. If you suffered head or face injuries because you weren’t wearing a helmet, it’s difficult to convince the jury that the motorist is solely responsible for your injuries.
When the police reach the scene of the accident, they will write a police report. They will make diagrams of the scene and note down the contact information of witnesses (if any), the weather conditions prevailing at the time of the accident, and whether the motorist received a ticket for speeding or failed to yield the right of way.
Photographs of the accident spot
Make sure you take photographs of the scene and your motorcycle as it lies on the ground. Look for the point of impact between your bike and the car. You should also take pictures of other objects disturbed by the accident including but not limited to accident debris, parts of your motorcycle that broke during the impact, and paint chips on the ground.
Make sure that you write down the names and contact information of all witnesses. Write down what they saw, as their statement is invaluable.
Write down your observations about the accident scene. Make a note of any admission the motorist makes of their fault. This will help back your claim and serve as valuable evidence at the trial.
Medical records can support your claim if you want compensation for your injuries. Keep copies of the paramedics’ notes, your medical charts, the written diagnosis and prognosis by your doctor, and any test results from MRIs or CAT scans.
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If you or a loved one has been hurt while riding your motorcycle, you need an attorney who can aggressively and competently handle your case. Get in touch with The Reinken Law Firm to defend your case. Call 203-541-0090, 203-491-4404, 203-418-7037 or 203-489-2825.