If you’re a motorcycle rider involved in an accident, your chances of sustaining serious injuries are much higher than if you were driving a car due to a lack of protection from airbags, seatbelts, and the steel body of a car. In fact, statistics show that motorcyclists that are involved in an accident have a 98% chance of suffering an injury, many of which are serious or life-threatening.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident in which you’ve been injured, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages or monetary compensation to help pay medical care and/or and property damage that resulted from the accident.
In order to have a successful case, it is critical that you collect and preserve as much motorcycle accident evidence as possible in order to prove negligence or liability on the part of the other party or parties involved. Accident evidence is anything that can be used to document the detail surrounding the incident, including:
- Statements from witnesses
- Police reports
- Pictures of the scene of the accident, vehicle damages, physical injuries
- Pictures that show the weather conditions/road conditions at the time of the incident
- Insurance and vehicle information of all involved parties
- Footage from any traffic or surveillance cameras in the area
- Written description of the accident
Collecting and preserving as much accident evidence can go a long way in helping to settle any disputes that could arise that would affect the successful outcome of your claim.
Building your case
You’ll also need to collect evidence of damages in order to have a successful motorcycle injury lawsuit. This type of evidence involves documenting damages that are related to your accident of which you may be eligible to receive financial compensation.
Evidence of damages may include:
- Motorcycle damages for the repair, replacement, or loss of value to your property
- Damages to compensate for the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and any ongoing expenses related to your recovery
- Damages to compensate for lost income and for loss of earning capacity in the future
- Damages to compensate for your pain and suffering
If you’re injured in a motorcycle accident, you should collect the following documents for:
- Medical treatment, including all bills which you or your insurance have paid, and the names of all medical and other healthcare providers
- Proving income and loss of income such as pay stubs and tax returns
- Proving vehicle damage and repair estimates, including receipts for repairs, towing, storage as well as any paperwork documenting the value of your vehicle before the accident
Winning in court
Unfortunately, some common motorcycle injuries, including concussions, broken bones, spinal cord, and traumatic brain injuries, are serious and even catastrophic.
If you believe that you have a motorcycle accident injury case, it is important for you to contact a motorcycle accident attorney to help you navigate the process to ensure that you are fairly compensated.
Inland Empire Motorcycle Law, located in Riverside, are top-tier attorneys in Southern California when it comes to negotiating settlements for their clients with insurance companies or jury awards in lawsuits that go to trial.