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What Evidence Is Required to Make a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

Being in a motorcycle accident turns one’s world upside down. And unfortunately, it all too often gets even worse as law enforcement and insurance try to untangle the facts and determine what exactly happened, so they can decide where to point the finger.

But with the aid of professional advice and the proper evidence, life doesn’t have to stay topsy-turvy forever.

If you have been in a motorcycle accident, you need to quickly gather the following evidence and have it ready to review with your solicitor to ensure that you get the compensation you need. Arm yourself with proof of the facts, so you can succeed in getting the care and compensation you deserve.

Why Motorcycle Accidents Claims Are So Much Harder

 Many are surprised to discover that the details and claims for motorcycle accidents are far more disputed than other motor accidents.

There are a number of reasons for this:

  • The cause of the collision is more difficult to determine because motor bikes are much harder to notice due to size
  • Injuries are typically far more serious and can involve head injuries, complicating and confusing the motor bike driver’s memory of the accident
  • The suddenness of many accidents involving motor bikes often catch everyone, especially the motorcyclist, by surprise, meaning they may only know a little or even nothing of what actually happened before impact

Ultimately, the very nature of an accident involving small, speedy, hard-to-see motorbikes is that the details are going to be very confused, making it hard to determine who is at fault.

This is why it is vital that you have the right solicitor by your side to help you gather the best motorcycle accident evidence to support your claim and help you get your life back.

What You Need to Make a Solid Claim

 If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, here are the pieces of evidence that you will want to collect to help substantiate your claim and get compensated:

  • Police Report: this is probably the most obvious piece of evidence that you can and should collect. If there was serious bodily injury, police almost certainly were called and should have a report that will provide full details of the accident, including testimonies from those involved and witnesses who saw it, pictures of the scene, details of the vehicle damage, etc.
  • CCTV Camera Evidence: if there were any CCTV cameras close to the scene of the crash, you will want to collect a copy of this footage from the council as soon as possible, before it is routinely destroyed. Such footage could provide very solid evidence in your favour.
  • Criminal Conviction: if police determined that your accident was so bad as to warrant charging the other driver with an offence, you can use their criminal conviction to prove both the reality of the accident as well as point to the fact that the other individual was indeed at fault.
  • Scene Inspection: whether or not police came out to the scene to take a report, you may still want to do your own accident scene inspection to be sure no evidence was missed. Furthermore, you can post notices asking for any eye-witnesses to contact you to help provide further evidence.
  • Additional Evidence: essentially anything that can prove that your accident occurred or provide proof of how it occurred can be used as evidence. For instance, more and more motorcyclists have GoPro cameras on their helmets or bikes; if you did, the footage is invaluable. If any eyewitnesses happened to take pictures or video on their cell phones, this also would be important evidence.

Get the Support You Need

 Gathering the best motorcycle accident evidence and navigating your claim is going to be a complex but very important process. The insurance companies will be working against you and have a lot of insider knowledge that you won’t have.

Don’t fight alone. Our expert personal injury solicitors at Jones Whyte Law are here to fight for you and ensure you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Give us a call today to get started.

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