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The Importance of Gathering Evidence in Motorcycle Accident Claims

If you were in a motorcycle accident, you deserve to get justice for your injuries and losses. However, securing compensation requires more than just your word. Evidence is the key. Yet, gathering it can be daunting in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

That’s where Gerling Law comes in. We understand the importance of evidence in motorcycle accident claims. From collecting witness testimonies to medical records, we’re here to guide you through the process and fight for your rights.

Understanding the Value of Evidence

Evidence is the backbone of any legal claim, especially in motorcycle accident cases. It’s what proves the facts and supports your story. Without evidence, establishing fault and claiming damages becomes nearly impossible. 

That’s why gathering evidence after a motorcycle accident is essential. It can be the difference between a successful claim and a dismissed one. 

Types of Evidence in Motorcycle Accident Claims

Many victims think they’ve collected useful information, only to learn it has little value. Read over these categories to understand what evidence to collect after a motorcycle accident and how it can help. 

Photographic and Video Evidence

Capturing the accident scene through photos and videos is invaluable. These visuals can show road conditions, vehicle damage, and injuries that words alone might not fully convey. They provide a snapshot of the reality immediately following the accident, which can be powerful in proving your case.

Witness Testimonies

Eyewitness accounts add a human perspective to the incident. Witnesses can corroborate your version of events, provide details you may have missed, and lend credibility to your claim. Their statements can be particularly persuasive in establishing the sequence of events leading to the accident.

Police Reports

The official crash report from law enforcement is a critical piece of evidence. It includes the officer’s observations, statements from involved parties, and a basic assessment of fault. This document can carry significant weight in legal proceedings.

Medical Records

Your medical records are a direct link between the accident and your injuries. They document the extent of your injuries, the treatment received, and the prognosis for recovery. These records are essential in proving the physical and financial toll of the accident.

Expert Opinions

Sometimes, the evidence requires interpretation by experts. Accident reconstruction specialists, medical professionals, and economists can provide support for your claim. Their expert opinions can help establish liability and the true impact of the accident on your life.

Physical Evidence

Few things have a bigger impact than physical evidence that you can hold and observe. This can include debris from the accident, skid marks on the road, and damage to the motorcycle itself. They can help reconstruct the accident scene and provide clues about the cause and impact of the crash.

Helmet and Gear Damage

The condition of your helmet and gear can indicate the severity of the impact and validate head or body injuries claimed. This evidence can support the need for compensation due to serious injuries sustained. Likewise, it can support any demands to replace or repair your property.

Financial Records

It’s common to have out-of-pocket expenses after a crash. It’s not fair for you to bear these burdens alone. Evidence can demonstrate your financial losses and help you get compensation. 

What Does Evidence Need to Prove?

You can only get compensation if your evidence proves the required legal elements. In most motorcycle accident cases, this involves demonstrating that the other party was negligent. Here are the key elements to prove:

  • Duty of care. You must show that the defendant owed you a duty of care. This means following traffic laws and operating their vehicle safely to avoid harming others.
  • Breach of duty. After that, you must provide evidence that the other party breached their duty. This could be through actions like speeding, running a red light, or any other form of reckless driving.
  • Causation. It’s not enough that the defendant acted dangerously. Their breach needs to cause the accident and your injuries. 
  • Damages. Finally, your evidence must demonstrate that you suffered actual damages due to the accident. This can include a wide range of physical injuries or financial losses.

Having evidence in motorcycle accident claims isn’t enough. It must connect the dots to illustrate that the accident was the result of the defendant’s negligent actions. This can be a difficult task, and the team at Gerling Law is here to help you with the process.

Damages You Can Recover with Strong Evidence

Gathering evidence for a motorcycle accident injury claim is crucial for getting compensation. It can help you recover damages for the mental, physical, and financial toll of your accident. 

Here are some common types of damages you recover:

  • Medical expenses. Comprehensive evidence can cover current and future medical costs resulting from the accident. This includes hospital bills, medication, rehabilitation, and any long-term care needs.
  • Lost wages. If the accident affects your ability to work, evidence of lost wages can help recover income lost during recovery. It can also include potential future earnings affected by long-term injuries.
  • Property damage. Evidence of damage to your motorcycle and gear can lead to compensation for repairs or replacement. 
  • Pain and suffering. While more challenging to quantify, strong evidence can support claims for pain and suffering. This compensates you for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by the accident.
  • Loss of enjoyment. If your injuries prevent you from engaging in hobbies or activities you once enjoyed, evidence can help quantify this loss and contribute to your compensation.
  • Punitive damages. In cases where the at-fault party’s actions were particularly egregious, evidence might lead to punitive damages. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future.

Gerling Law can help you pursue these damages. Our attorneys excel at identifying losses and getting the most compensation for our clients.

Contact Us Today

If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident, gathering the right evidence is crucial for your compensation claim. For over sixty years, Gerling Law has helped countless clients get justice for their injuries. Our lawyers are skilled in collecting evidence and proving liability to get maximum compensation. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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