Motorcycles can be great fun to ride, but if you get into an accident while riding one, it’s no laughing matter. Motorcycles offer no protection from the outside elements, so it comes as no surprise when the NHTSA says 80 percent of motorcycle crashes result in injury or death to the rider.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident where another vehicle is at fault, you are legally entitled to fair compensation for your injuries, but proving your case can be challenging because there are so many other possible variables at play—for example, road conditions, weather and your own riding skills. Thus, what you do in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident can make a huge difference in proving your case. The following checklist can keep you on track.
Get Medical Help Immediately
All other issues aside, your health and well-being are your top priority. If you are able, and if no one else has done so, call 911 for immediate medical attention.
Gather Visual Evidence at the Scene
If your physical condition allows, take as many photographs as possible to document what happened. (If you are receiving medical attention, perhaps a friend or loved one can come on the scene take photos for you.) Any photos of your injuries, damage to your bike, position of your bike and the other vehicle, etc., will all add to the forensic evidence to show who was at fault.
Get Witness Testimony
Anyone who saw the crash take place can help your case by giving an account of what happened. The police will take this step as well, but if you or a friend can get video of witness testimony, this can also help your case. (Be sure to acquire a copy of the police statements, as well.)
Keep a File of All Medical Records and Bills
Medical documentation provides evidence both of your injuries and the cost of recovery, and it will help your lawyer determine how much to ask for in a settlement. If your injuries result in loss of work, document your lost wages, as well.
Hire a Good Personal Injury Attorney
In a motorcycle accident case, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is more likely to try to find ways to delegitimize your claim based on other circumstances. You need a good attorney to fight to protect your rights under law and to prove your claim, in court, if necessary. As soon as you have stabilized your physical condition, get in touch with a personal injury attorney to represent your interests.
The law firm of Luis P. Guerra, LLC, has extensive experience helping motorcycle accident victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. Call us at 602-737-2567 for a free case evaluation.