If you were seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you incur as a result of the crash. As long as someone else was to blame, you can file a third-party claim in pursuit of medical bills, lost income, property repairs or replacement, and other damages caused by the wreck.
For your claim to yield a payout, though, you’re going to have to present sufficient evidence of liability. While the kinds of evidence you’ll need will depend on the circumstances, at least a few of the following pieces of evidence will likely bolster your case:
1. The Accident Report
The officers who responded to the scene should have logged an official report. An exception, however, is that in Los Angeles, the LAPD may not prepare a Traffic Collision Report unless you or a passenger required an ambulance.
In addition to recording basic facts, like the date, time, and location of the wreck, the officers should have included their initial impressions of the scene in this document. If they had reason to believe the motorist who struck you was distracted or drowsy, for example, they will have noted as much in their report. Depending on the facts of the case, such statements may support your own version of events, assist your attorney in their investigation, and help you recover a fair settlement.
2. Photographs of the Scene
Accident reconstruction experts can often determine what happened in the moments leading up to a collision by evaluating images of the wreckage. As such, photographs of the scene could come in handy when it comes time to prove liability.
3. Video Footage
If the incident occurred in a fairly busy area, there’s a good chance it was recorded. Many passenger vehicles are equipped with dash cameras nowadays, so even if you don’t have a helmet cam, there could still be footage of the crash. It may have also been captured by surveillance cameras on buildings in the vicinity.
4. Eyewitness Deposition
Like the official police report, statements from eyewitnesses will not serve as irrefutable evidence of fault. They could, however, corroborate your own version of events.
5. Toxicology Results
If the motorist who struck you was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, the results of any toxicology tests conducted at the scene or shortly thereafter could serve to bolster your case. A resourceful legal team can help you obtain copies of any available results as soon as possible.
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If you were struck by a reckless driver while riding your motorcycle, turn to the Law Office of Michael D. Waks for strategic legal counsel. Attorney Michael Waks has been representing accident victims and their loved ones for more than 38 years.
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Download Our Car Accident Emergency .PDF
If you’re involved in any kind of collision, our printable Car Accident Emergency .PDF can serve as a handy guide for recording the scene. After downloading it HERE, stow one copy in your car’s glovebox and another in your motorcycle’s seat, so you’re ready for anything.
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