Compensation for your injuries and property damage may be available if you were involved in a motorbike accident. If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident, you can file a claim for compensation, but you’ll need to prove that the other driver was at fault and that your injuries are related to the crash.
The evidence you have and how it is presented can sometimes make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Why Is Evidence Important in a Personal Injury Claim?
In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant was at fault for the crash and that the defendant caused the plaintiff’s injuries. It might be challenging to establish liability and collect damages if there is insufficient proof.
The police report, photos and videos of the scene, statements from witnesses, medical records, and the testimony of experts are all examples of acceptable evidence. These materials may be useful in proving the accident’s cause, the severity of the plaintiff’s injuries, and the amount of economic and non-economic damages.
Evidence can also be utilized to disprove the defendant’s claims and invalidate any defenses they may have. Since weak evidence can completely derail a case, solid evidence is essential.
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Types of Evidence Needed for a Motorcycle Accident Injury Claim
Here are some examples of the types of evidence you can use in your case:
The police accident report is crucial. Details on the time, place, and people involved in the accident can be found in the police report. The officer’s official report notes and any citations issued to drivers involved in the crash will also be included.
Images and Video
To back up your claim, you should take pictures and/or video of the accident scene, your injuries, and the damage to your motorcycle. Other sources of visual evidence can come from traffic cameras, witness cell phones, and dashcams from other cars. An attorney may be able to help you access this evidence.
Witness Statements and Testimony
Statements made by those who were there at the time of the bike crash can shed light on what happened and why. To get to the bottom of what happened in your motorbike accident, you shouldn’t rely on the police to conduct interviews with onlookers.
Gather their information and get witness statements from them as soon as possible while their recollections are still clear and they can be located. In order to prove to the insurance company that its insured caused your motorcycle accident injuries, you will need the testimony of impartial witnesses.
Your injuries and the care you received will be listed in your medical records, which will be used as evidence. Descriptions of your injuries from a physician, x-rays, medical bills, treatment plans, and test results can all be used to verify the severity of your injuries and the costs associated.
A medical expert or an expert in accident reconstruction might provide valuable testimony in support of your claim.
The Benefits of Hiring a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Navigating the legal system and gathering evidence can be overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with injuries from the accident. A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you collect the evidence you need to build a stronger case and increase your chances of receiving fair compensation.
A motorcycle crash attorney can help:
- Investigate the accident: A lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence and build a strong case. A lawyer will have the resources to access information and evidence efficiently to prevent delays in your case.
- Determine liability: A lawyer will help determine who is at fault. This is important because the liable party may not be obvious. It could be the maker of a faulty vehicle part or the municipality responsible for road upkeep.
- Conduct communications: A personal injury attorney will handle the correspondence and calls with the insurance company and other parties
- Negotiate with insurance companies: Your motorcycle accident lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your medical treatment, injuries, personal property damage, and losses.
- Represent you in court: If necessary, your attorney will represent you in court and advocate for your rights.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for a Motorcycle Collision Injury?
Each state has a statute of limitations for filing motorcycle accident claims. It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that your claim is filed within the time frame allowed by law.
In some cases, there can be exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, if a motorcycle accident victim dies of their injuries, if they are under 18 when the injury occurred, or if the injury involved a government entity, it can alter the time frame allowed.
For motorcycle accident-related personal injury claims in Arizona, the deadline is two years from the date of the incident (Arizona Revised Statutes section 12-542). In other words, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for compensation if you were hurt. Be aware that you may lose your right to collect any money if you wait too long to file your claim.
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Learn More About Evidence in a Motorcycle Claim and How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Today
You will require sufficient evidence to successfully claim damages from the insurance company or court to prove negligence in a crash, so it is recommended that you work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience with cases like yours.
Zanes Law is the firm to call for legal counsel following a motorcycle collision in Arizona. Our injury attorneys have years of expertise negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of injured motorcyclists, and if they don’t offer an adequate settlement for your fair recovery, we’re ready to go to trial.
Contact us immediately to speak with a motorcycle accident attorney at no cost or obligation to discuss your legal options.