Collecting the Evidence You Need After a PA Motorcycle Accident
One of the most common questions my clients ask me during our free initial Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer consultation is some variation on “What kind of evidence do we need?” and “How do we go about collecting it?”
I’m happy to get this question because it demonstrates that my clients are thinking rationally about how to win their claim, and that they understand that they cannot count on the insurance companies to take care of the matter with their best interests at heart.
It also shows that they understand that their word against the other driver’s word is not going to cut it, and that they need to take some initiative themselves.
Motorcycle accident lawyers are tasked with protecting your rights, and a prompt, thorough motorcycle accident investigation is one of the first steps we’ll take after you contact me.
Start the motorcycle accident investigation as soon as you can
If possible, you should start gathering some types of evidence even before contacting an attorney. This will help me hit the ground running as I handle your claim.
Some of the evidence you can easily collect on your own includes:
Police reports – These are typically available to you upon request.
Photos of the crash site – Sometimes included with the police report.
Medical reports if you sustained injuries – Also available upon your request and will help your motorcycle injury lawyer in recovering medical expenses.
Once you’ve collected the few items that you can reasonably expect to gather on your own, your lawyer will get involved with a more in-depth motorcycle accident investigations.
Possible avenues of investigation our team may explore:
- A forensic inspection of the accident scene – This could involve measuring any skidmarks left by the crash, taking impressions of tire tracks, examining blood stains, and looking for damage to the pavement itself.
- Accident reconstruction – Sometimes it will be necessary to work with accident reconstruction experts to take the forensic evidence described above, and use it to recreate the exact sequence of events leading to the accident.
- Witness interviews – You or your attorney will want to interview any witnesses as soon as possible after the accident, so that their memories will be fresh and can be used to corroborate the physical evidence. Some information to glean from them includes when they arrived at the scene, where they were headed, their location at the time of the accident, and whether or not they had a clear view.
- Clothing samples and photos – If injuries were sustained blood-stained clothing and fibers can help to establish their severity.
- Close inspection of the vehicles involved – An in-depth inspection of the vehicles can help to determine if they were mechanically sound and safe to drive at the time of the crash. For example, faulty brakes or bald tires on the other vehicle can be evidence that the other driver was at fault.
Remember, you are more than just a passive victim in your Pennsylvania motorcycle accident investigation
To help build a strong case, take photos at the scene if you can. Gather contact information of other victims and witnesses. Write down everything you can remember about the crash as soon as you can.
During your recovery, and as we work your claim, additional pieces of evidence will continue to come in. Medical bills and correspondence with the insurance companies and hospitals will help establish the severity of your injuries and their impact on your life, so keep them organized and easily accessible.
Keep a journal of your recovery with both narrative and photos to establish how the injury has affected your life.
A motorcycle accident can be devastating. A solid investigation conducted by a qualified Pennsylvania motorcycle accident lawyer like Lee Gaber can help minimize its impact. Call 1-888-292-5352 (1-888-cycle-law) to discuss your next steps.