What Evidence to Collect after a Motorcycle Crash

collectWhen a motorcycle crash occurs, you should collect pertinent information in order to protect yourself from being blamed when it was not your fault and in order to have as much information as possible to hold the at-fault party accountable.

Here are some of the things you may want to collect after a motorcycle crash:

  • Your helmet—Photograph your helmet at the scene and have the police note you were wearing one.
  • Police reports—The report will likely detail what the police officer believes happened, describe weather conditions, indicate whether anyone received a citation, and list insurance information.
  • Photographs—Use a camera (cell phone or other) to take pictures.
    • Motorcycle after the wreck. Detail as much as possible and show the point of impact.
    • Debris around the scene and parts of the motorcycle that broke off in the crash.
    • Other vehicles involved in the crash. Try to obtain photos of the damage to other vehicles, as well as where the vehicles came to a rest after the crash.
  • Structural damage to other things at the scene (such as guardrails, concrete abutments, and walls).
  • Witnesses—Get names and contact information of witnesses to the crash. Ask them what they saw (for example, they may say they saw the other driver running a red light or hydroplaning through a puddle prior to the impact).
  • Surveillance cameras—Find out if cameras near the scene recorded the crash. If property owners will not let you view camera footage, please call us at 1-888-534-4850, and we may be able to assist in obtaining the information.
  • Write down your observations—Document what you remember about the crash. It is easier to remember something right after it happens, and your notes can later be used to refresh your recollection. Note any admissions the other driver makes such as, “I didn’t see you,” or “That’s the third time this year I was in an accident.”
    • Admissions at the scene may be used against the other driver if the driver later tries to argue he was not at fault.
  • Return to the scene—Note any changes such as placement of stop signs or traffic signals. Take photographs of the changes.

Be aware that a negligence claim must generally be brought within two years of its accrual. If you do not file the claim within that period (called the statute of limitations period), you will be forever barred from doing so. It is therefore important not to delay taking in action. It can take considerable time to gather evidence, locate reliable witnesses and decide which experts you may need.

Do you need assistance collecting evidence or need legal advice, please contact us at any time.

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