Even the most skilled and experienced motorcycle rider can have an accident. Taking all the suggested safety precautions does not mean you can always avoid an accident. Motorcycle riders do not have the same protection as automobile drivers have. Many motorcycle accidents result in very serious injuries and even death.
After a motorcycle accident occurs, the first order of business is making sure all involved parties are safe and have all injuries treated. After this has been resolved, your next item of attention should be preserving any evidence until the proper authorities arrive at the accident scene.
Steps you should take to preserve evidence after a motorcycle accident:
Do Not Repair Your Motorcycle – You may be tempted to repair your motorcycle but it is advisable not to do so. Authorities will consider the condition of your motorcycle as evidence.
Keep the Clothes You Wore During the Accident – Damaged clothing may give additional information to authorities regarding the events of an accident.
Photograph the Accident – Take pictures of the accident with your cell phone or another camera. Take pictures of the accident scene from different distances, capturing as many details as possible. Also, photograph the scene surrounding the accident and record any injuries you sustained. A picture may better show the extent of injuries to a potential juror.
Record the Details – Write down what you remember about the accident including details of what information you have recorded such as photographs. Driving conditions at the time of the accident are important details to include. Write your account as soon as possible after the accident before you forget important details.
Record any eyewitness statements – While still at the scene of the accident, take any available witnesses’ statements. Potential witnesses may include people who were driving by when the accident occurred or outside workers who saw the accident take place. Find out the towing location for all vehicles involved in the accident.
Police reports are very important evidence in a motorcycle accident. You can ask the police officer on the scene how you may obtain a copy. Even if the report is not completely accurate, the police report may contain information necessary for your insurance company or for your attorney should you go to court. The diagram of the scene is very important in determining where and how the accident happened.
Some newer automobiles have a new device installed called the motor vehicle event data recorder. This is similar to a “black box” found on an airplane. The insurance company and investigating police officers will look at the chip from the MVEDR to help determine the cause of the accident. Make sure authorities obtain the black box if any vehicle involved in the accident has one installed.
If the accident involved a truck, obtaining the driving logs can reveal useful information. Some employers have a history of altering or disposing of the driving log. The police will verify the accuracy of the log to determine if any violations occurred.
Following these steps will give you a fighting chance at recovering any losses you experienced because of the accident.