5 Types of Evidence to Strengthen Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Motorcycle accidents cost the United States billions of dollars in productivity losses and medical expenses every single year. While the economic burden at the individual level is considerably smaller and might amount to just tens of thousands of dollars, it can still be enough to threaten the financial security of even a fairly well-off family.
Fortunately, if another person was responsible for your motorcycle crash, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting damages including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For your claim to be successful, you will need to gather strong evidence to prove liability and damages.
This is where a skilled attorney can help.
A motorcycle accident lawyer from The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny can review your case for free and perform an immediate investigation to gather all essential evidence. Time is of the essence because some of the most valuable evidence might not be available indefinitely.
Our New York City personal injury attorneys have more than 100 combined years of experience practicing law, so we can help you anticipate and avoid disputes and complications that might ultimately reduce your recovery. Call 212-421-0300 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Let’s explore five types of evidence that might strengthen your motorcycle accident claim:
- Video Footage
Surveillance recordings and helmet cam footage can be invaluable when it comes to proving liability. Such footage may reveal what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.
Even if you do not have a helmet cam and the collision did not occur in an area monitored by surveillance cameras, there may still be dash cam footage of the accident from passing cars. These recordings are often overwritten every few days, though, so it is essential that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible.
- Photographs of the Scene
Accident reconstruction experts may be able to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the crash by analyzing photographs of the wreckage. For this reason, it is critical to document the scene from all angles if you are able to do so following the collision.
- Eyewitness Testimony
Eyewitness testimony may corroborate your version of events. Ask other motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists to remain at the scene until police arrive so they can provide a statement. If anyone who saw the crash wants to leave before officers arrive, write down their names and contact information so your lawyer can obtain a statement at a later time.
- Police Report
Regardless of whether the police report identifies who was liable for the crash, it can still serve as an important piece of evidence. In an effort to mitigate fraud, major insurance providers are hesitant to process claims that are not accompanied by an official police report.
- Medical Records
The evidence mentioned above can help prove liability, but your lawyer must also demonstrate the types of damages you incurred. You should start gathering relevant medical records from day one. Evidence of damages might include pharmacy receipts, hospital bills, pay stubs annotating any missed work, home care invoices, and journal entries detailing the recovery process.
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If you sustained serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny. Our New York City personal injury lawyers are committed to devoting the time, effort, and resources needed to help our clients pursue the maximum compensation possible. Call 212-421-0300 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.