Evidence to Support Your Motorcycle Accident Claim

December 29, 2022
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Motorcycle riders are a special breed. They love feeling the wind on their faces and hearing the humming—and sometimes roaring—of the bike’s engine beneath them.

Unfortunately, what makes riding so thrilling also makes it inherently dangerous. Because riders and passengers are so exposed, they’re incredibly vulnerable in the event of a crash.

If your life was turned upside-down by a motorcycle crash and you want to seek compensation for the associated damages, you’re going to need lots of compelling evidence. While the strongest evidence that contributes to your claim will depend on the circumstances, there are a few pieces of proof that almost always play a role in such cases. Read on to learn what they are:

1. Footage from the Scene

An accident reconstructionist can usually piece together what happened in the moments leading up to a crash by reviewing photos and videos of the scene. If you managed to shoot the wreckage before leaving the area, store the images on at least two different platforms until you can turn them over to your legal team.

The same goes for any recordings from helmet or dash cams. And if the collision occurred in a fairly developed area, there’ a good chance it was captured by surveillance cameras mounted on the neighboring buildings, as well. Since all such footage will eventually be overwritten, you’re going to want to obtain copies of any available recordings as soon as possible.

2. Black Box Data

Nowadays, most passenger vehicles are equipped with “black boxes.” These devices, which can also be found on motorcycles, log all kinds of operational variables. As such, their data can help reveal what happened just before a collision, thereby making it possible to assign blame.

3. Medical Records

Your medical records are going to serve as the basis of your damages claim and provide the link between the collision in question and the injuries you sustained. Documents you should be prepared to present include nursing logs, hospital intake forms, diagnostic images, and ongoing evaluations.

4. Documentation of Damages

You’re going to have to prove that you actually incurred the damages you’re seeking, so make sure to save all the receipts and invoices that correspond to your injury-related expenses. It’s also wise to start writing daily entries in a personal journal. Detailed accounts of how your condition is hurting your quality of life will come in handy when it comes time to demonstrate non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

Speak with a South Carolina Motorcycle Accident Attorney

At Hodge & Langley Law Firm, we know how devastating unanticipated injuries can be for the whole family. If you were seriously hurt in a motorcycle wreck and you’re not sure how you’re ever going to pick up the pieces, turn to Hodge and Langley Law Firm.

With more than 50 years of combined experience in the legal field, our compassionate team has what it takes to advocate for those who have been wronged by others. Call 864-585-3873 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a motorcycle accident lawyer in South Carolina.



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