Motorcycle riders are unfortunately involved in more than their fair share of accidents, and the majority of these accidents are not the fault of the motorcyclist. If you are a motorcycle owner and you are involved in a crash you can do a few things to help support your claim for compensation.
Depending on the type and extent of injuries received in the accident, it may be best to hire a personal injury lawyer to aid in your case. In the case of broken bones, fractures, burns or organ damage, also known as ‘hard injuries’, your legal case will greatly benefit from the aid of a lawyer. The cost of hiring a lawyer in such a case may be easily justified when you have permanent or debilitating injuries, because the motorcycle accident claim lawyer will be able to help ensure you receive a significant payout.
Conversely, if you have received only flesh injuries, or ‘soft injuries’, it is not always recommended to hire a professional to aid in your case, as the costs to do so may quickly rise to the point where the amount awarded to you after lawyer fees if you win your claim may not be worth your time and effort. Still, it is best to consult with a motorcycle accident compensation lawyer first to ensure you are making the correct move on this matter.
If you plan to hire a personal injury lawyer after a motorcycle accident, you can take a few actions immediately after the crash to improve your claim’s viability.
- Take detailed notes on the circumstances of the accident, such as where the offending driver hit you and what actions they took to do so.
- Write down any admittance of guilt from the offending driver if possible, or record a statement on camera. Drivers often change their mind later about admitting guilt.
- If you were wearing a helmet that was damaged in the crash, be sure to keep it in the same condition it was in when you were involved in the crash, as it may have physical evidence of an impact to your head.
- You may have been involved in a crash under the recording eye of a surveillance camera. Hopefully the cameras will have captured any illegal traffic violations the offending driver has committed, or has recorded their behavior if they were driving carelessly. Note where cameras were located and which buildings or businesses they may belong to, as you may need to request video evidence later on.
- Gather up records from the police report filed, as well as any medical records related to injuries caused by the crash.
- Photographically document important parts of the crash, such as vehicle locations and damage caused.
- Get as many witness statements as you can, and retain the names and addresses of witnesses. Witness statements are very useful in a motorcycle accident compensation claim.
All these pieces of evidence will substantially strengthen your case, especially in the hands of a qualified motorcycle accident lawyer. The more you document the better, and the better likelihood you will have of winning your case and getting more compensation for your injuries.
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