On average, the annual economic burden of motorcycle accidents costs the United States more than $10 billion. This figure includes both healthcare expenses and productivity losses resulting from serious injuries and deaths.
At the individual level, getting into a motorcycle crash can cost tens of thousands of dollars—or more. Catastrophic collisions that result in paralysis, for example, can cost injured parties millions over the course of their lifetime in lost wages and healthcare expenses.
When so much is at stake, it becomes essential to gather concrete evidence of both liability and damages so there is no question regarding the compensation to which you are entitled. Fortunately, a seasoned motorcycle accident attorney will leave no avenue unexplored in the quest for irrefutable proof of fault.
Read on to learn about five types of evidence that could strengthen your motorcycle accident claim:
- Photographs of the Wreck
Taking pictures of the wreckage may be the last agenda item on your mind following a crash, but doing so could ultimately contribute to the strength of your claim. Your injury lawyer may call on an accident reconstruction expert to review the photographs in order to determine what might have occurred in the moments leading up to the collision.
- Eyewitness Testimony
Most people who witness a devastating crash will be willing to wait for police to arrive so they can give their statements. If any eyewitnesses must leave the scene before law enforcement personnel arrive, get their names and phone numbers so your motorcycle accident attorney can call them later, when building the claim.
- Dash Cam Footage
If you had a camera on your bike or helmet at the time of the wreck or any of the passing motorists had dash cams on their vehicles, the footage could be the missing link to proving liability.
- Police Report
Even if the official police report does not assign fault, the document itself is still an essential component of the personal injury claim. In an effort to prevent insurance fraud, all the major providers typically require a police report before they will process a claim.
- Surveillance Recordings
If the crash happened near a major retail area, gas station, or hotel, there may be surveillance footage of the scene. Since the footage is likely time sensitive and may require a subpoena, it is critical to call an attorney as soon as possible following the wreck.
Speak with a Minneapolis Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!
If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, the Minneapolis personal injury attorneys at Bradshaw & Bryant will use all the resources at their disposal to gather evidence of liability and damages. We can file subpoenas to access evidence that is being concealed, bring in expert witnesses, and help you fight for a fair settlement. Call 320-259-5414 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free case evaluation with a compassionate injury lawyer on our team.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.