What Should I Do to Document My Motorcycle Accident?
After a Motorcycle Accident, It is Important to Collect Several Forms of Documentation. Here are Nine Key Types of Documentation that Will Help Prove Your Claim.
If you have been injured in a serious motorcycle accident, there is a good chance that you are entitled to financial compensation. Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle riders stay well within their limits, and most motorcycle accidents result from factors beyond the rider’s control.
9 Key Types of Documentation to Recover from a Motorcycle Accident
In order to prove your claim for financial compensation, you will need several forms of documentation. While our attorneys can collect many of these forms of documentation for you, there are steps you can take to begin building a body of evidence in support of your claim as well. For example, the following are nine examples of different types of documentation that either (i) you may have in your possession already, or (ii) you can collect or create in order to give to your attorney:
- Insurance and vehicle information for all drivers and vehicles involved in your crash
- The police report prepared by the officer who responded to the 911 call
- Photos and videos from the scene of the crash that you took with your phone (or that witnesses took with their phones)
- Your motorcycle insurance policy and confirmation of payment
- Your medical records related to the accident, including x-rays, MRI and CT scans, prescriptions, bills, statements of benefits, and receipts
- Your employment records showing how much you make, what benefits you receive, and how much time you have missed from work as a result of your accident
- The repair estimate for your motorcycle assuming it is capable of being repaired
- Notes you have taken to record everything you can remember from before, during, and after the accident
- Your daily “pain journal” that records your pain levels and all of the various ways your injuries impact your life (i.e. doctors visits, days missed from work, and events or chores you are unable to attend or perform)
How to Collect Documentation After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
How can you assemble all of the documentation you need in order to prove your claim for damages? Following a motorcycle accident, you should:
1. Collect Documentation at the Scene of the Crash
If you are still at the scene of the accident, you should try to collect as much documentation as you can before you leave. Write down the make, model, and license plate of each vehicle involved in the crash (or take photos), and ask for each driver’s insurance information. Depending on where you live, you may be able to obtain a copy of the police report at the scene of the crash as well.
2. Request a Copy of the Police Report
If you don’t receive a copy of the police report at the scene of the crash, you can request a copy through the local precinct. This is a step you can take on your own, or it is a step you can have our attorneys take on your behalf.
3. Locate (or Download) Your Motorcycle Insurance Policy
Personal injury protection (PIP), medical payments (Med Pay), and uninsured/underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage can all come into play after a motorcycle accident, and they are all forms of coverage which you may have under your motorcycle insurance policy.
4. Make a File for Your Medical Records, Bills, and Receipts
As you receive medical records, bills, and receipts, make it a habit to store them all in the same place. When you schedule your free initial consultation, you can give the entire file to your attorney.
5. Create Your Own Documentation
Taking notes and keeping a daily “pain journal” are two steps you can take on your own. While these might not qualify as evidence in court, they are still crucial forms of documentation that your attorney can use to help prove your claim.
6. Take Photos and Videos
In addition to taking photos and video at the scene of the crash, you can take photos and video to document other key information as well. You can use photos as a way to “scan” your medical records and other documents, and you can also take photos of your injuries, casts, sutures, and scars.
7. Hire a Law Firm to Conduct an Investigation
Ultimately, the best way to collect the documentation you need is to hire a law firm right away. At Oberheiden Law, we represent injured motorcycle riders nationwide, and our attorneys can get to work on your case immediately.
Get Help with Your Motorcycle Accident Claim from the Attorneys at Oberheiden Law
Injured in a motorcycle accident? Don’t lose your claim by letting crucial evidence disappear. Call 866-376-4871 or contact us online now so that our attorneys can preserve your legal rights.