With a motorcycle accident claim, you will need to provide evidence to prove two important elements: the other party’s fault and the extent of your damages. There are lots of pieces of evidence that you can use to substantiate your claim, some of which we’ll briefly cover below. For professional help collecting, preserving, and presenting evidence in a thorough and convincing manner, you might want to enlist the help of a motorcycle accident attorney in your area.
Evidence to Demonstrate Fault
In order to collect compensation for a motorcycle accident claim, you’ll need to show that there was another party at fault in some manner for your accident.
Below are some of the general types of information that may be helpful as evidence to prove that another party was at fault.
- Police reports
- Eyewitness reports
- Traffic cam footage
- Photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles
- Drug or alcohol testing results
Beware of the other driver using a common defense in a motorcycle accident claim, like saying that you were driving inappropriately (lane splitting) or speeding.
Depending upon the causes of the accident, there might be specific pieces of evidence that can be useful. For instance, if a driver caused an accident because she was texting while driving, her phone records can be subpoenaed as evidence.
If the motorcycle accident involved a commercial truck, the truck driver’s log book can be useful to prove the driver’s negligence. If the accident was caused by a defective wheel, the rider’s maintenance records and the tire recall information may become evidence.
Evidence to Demonstrate Damages
After fault has been established, you’ll need to provide proof of your injuries and other damages so that you can be compensated accordingly. If you are filing a negligence claim, you can recover not only tangible losses such as medical bills and lost wages, but also difficult-to-quantify losses such as emotional damage and pain and suffering.
To prove your damages, you’ll need evidence such as the following.
- Medical bills and receipts
- Receipts for transportation expenses related to your care
- Receipts for the cost of renovating your home to your disability
- Bills you accrued for hiring help around the home
- Doctors’ notes and prognoses
- Proof of lost wages, lost benefits, and loss of promotion
- Medical expert, mental health expert and sometimes social worker testimonies
Cordisco & Saile LLC Can Help Prove Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
The more thorough your evidence, the greater the likelihood of a successful outcome for your claim. For accidents in Pennsylvania, we invite you to call our legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC for counsel. Contact us today at 215-642-2335 for a no-obligation, free consultation.