Tips for Your Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawsuit
It’s not pleasant to think about, but the reality is that a motorcycle accident is more likely to be serious than accidents in other vehicles. In fact, there were over 5,200 motorcycle crash fatalities in 2016.
The more serious your injuries are, the more important it is that you win your lawsuit against the at-fault driver. After all, serious injuries often come with high medical bills, life-changing consequences, and long-term care.
With such high stakes, don’t take the risk of losing your lawsuit. Take these steps to make sure you have the evidence you need.
Tips for Winning a Motorcycle Accident Lawsuit
No one wants to get into an auto accident. If another vehicle crashes into you, though, be sure to take these steps so you can get reimbursed for your injuries.
Take Pictures of the Gear You’re Wearing
Are you wearing a helmet? What about protective leathers? All of these constitute steps you’ve taken to keep yourself safe. This prevents the other driver’s attorney from arguing that your injuries were partially your fault.
That doesn’t mean that you won’t win your lawsuit if you aren’t wearing protective gear. It’s a hurdle to overcome, though, so if you can save yourself from that hurdle, it’s a good idea.
Write Down the Details
Between the stress of the accident and your natural memory gaps, it’s easy to forget details of the crash. If you’re making a statement or in a deposition, though, memory lapses make you look unreliable.
While the crash is still fresh in your mind, write down every detail you remember. Keep this on file to refresh your memory if you need it later.
Keep All Medical Records
This is one of the most crucial parts of your documentation. Seek immediate medical care, no matter how minor you think your injuries are.
As with any vehicle crash, you could have elayed pain after your accident, causing you to think you’re not hurt as badly as you are. In addition, the longer you wait, the more doubt the other driver can cast on the cause of your injuries.
In the process, keep every piece of medical documentation you get. That includes every bill, every photo, and every piece of your records. You may have to request copies in some cases.
Photograph Your Injuries
As a helpful complement to your medical documentation, take photos of your injuries too. You can ask the medical staff for help while you’re getting treated.
Your medical records will have a thorough account of your injuries. In some cases, though, they’re written in clinical terms that make it hard for laypeople to gauge how severe the injuries are. Photos will give your case more of a human element so it’s more relatable to a judge or jury.
Get Witness’ Information
If there’s one step everyone knows they need to take after a crash it’s to collect the other driver’s information. If you stop there, though, the case could become your word against theirs.
While you’re on the scene, talk to any impartial witnesses who stopped to help. Get their contact information so they can tell your lawyer what they saw.
Don’t just consider living witnesses, though. Survey the scene for any place that could have cameras. Take special note of nearby businesses as well as overpasses because there are often traffic cameras on overpasses. You don’t have to track down the footage—only take note of the possibilities so your lawyer can seek the footage later.
Photograph Your Bike
We’d all like to hope that our body shop would document a bike’s damage well. Don’t rely on that, though. It’s crucial that you photograph any and all damage to your bike.
If you are able, take the photos on the scene so it’s clear that you took them at the time of the accident. If you wait, the other driver could dispute the damage and accuse you of causing the damage later.
Take Photos of The Scene
As every driver knows, there are countless factors that could contribute to any accident. To make sure there’s no question about what those factors were for your crash, your camera is your best tool.
Take pictures to show what the weather was like at the time of the collision. Make sure your photos also show the exact location of the crash. Photograph the road conditions as well as the traffic intensity. You don’t want to give the other driver room to deny responsibility for the accident.
Know What Not to Say
Many a driver has apologized reflexively after an accident, only to find out that it destroyed their legal case. Don’t be among them.
Whether or not you think you’re at fault, there are certain words to avoid on the accident scene. Don’t say “I’m sorry,” “it’s okay,” “it’s fine,” or “don’t worry about it.”
Don’t say anything the other driver could interpret as an admission of guilt. It’s also important that you don’t say anything that sounds like you’re relieving the other driver of their fault.
Call a Lawyer Early
With every day that passes after an accident, your case gets weaker. Witnesses forget things, evidence disappears, and you could miss opportunities you need to document.
To make sure you get all the compensation you deserve, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They’ll be able to guide you through the process and counsel you on what to do or what to document. The sooner they start working on your case, the sooner you’ll get your settlement too.
Above all, don’t accept a settlement or agree to anything with the other driver or their insurance company before consulting a lawyer. You don’t have the expertise to know if the offer is fair, but your lawyer does.
Protecting Yourself After an Accident
No matter how seriously you’re injured or how much damage your bike has, a motorcycle accident is a scary and unfortunate incident. The last thing you want to do is make it worse by ending up in debt from repairs and medical bills.
The tips above can give you the best chance for success in your motorcycle accident lawsuit. If you’ve been in an accident and you’re ready to start your settlement process, contact our Dallas law firm today.