What steps should be taken after a motorcycle accident?
Collecting and preserving important evidence after a motorcycle accident can help prove your personal injury claim for compensation from a negligent driver. If possible, follow the tips listed below.
Photographs of the Accident Scene
At the scene of the accident, use your cell phone camera to take photographs of the scene. Take pictures of the bike as it lies on the ground and capture the point of contact between the bike and the car.
When the police arrive at the accident scene, they will make a report. The report will include a diagram of the accident scene and contact information of any eye witnesses. The report will also include notes about the weather conditions and whether the driver received any citations.
Preserve the helmet the way it is and photograph it at the accident scene. By showing that you wore a helmet at the time of the accident, you will prove that you did not contribute to your injuries in any way and the other driver was solely responsible for the injuries.
Eye witnesses can play a crucial role in proving your personal injury claim. Collect contact information of any eye witnesses and record their account of the accident.
Look around the accident scene for any surveillance cameras. If there is a business, school, or any other commercial property around, there are chances that a surveillance camera is installed outside the property. You can request a copy of the recording.
Photographs of the accident debris can also play an important role in proving your claim. Take pictures of the motorcycle parts that were broken during the impact.
Maintain a journal
Memories can fade over time, so make sure you note down everything. Write down everything that you observe at the accident, including any conversations with the other driver.
If you have suffered any injuries in the accident, preserve all the medical records to prove your claim. Keep a copy of your lab reports, prescriptions, diagnosis of the doctor, and test results.
Return to the Scene
Return to the accident scene as soon as possible after the accident to make a note of any changes that have been made to the scene.
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