The moments following a motorcycle accident are often disorienting and frightening. You may have sustained injuries. Everyone involved may be confused about what happened. If you feel overwhelmed, know that it’s normal. But during the hours and days following the accident, it’s important to remember to preserve your accident claim. Here are some tips on how to do so from your Utah motorcycle accident injury firm.
Tips for Preserving Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
1. If possible, take photos of the accident scene.
This tip is only applicable if you are not seriously injured. If you are in pain and/or injured, you should seek medical care immediately. However, if circumstances allow, it can be useful to take photos of your accident for use in your case.
Take photos of your motorcycle, the other vehicle, any injuries, and the general scene of the accident. All of these can help your personal injury attorney to build a strong case.
2. Get your medical records.
We always recommend that motorcycle accident victims seek medical care following an accident. Injuries are not always obvious. A doctor can examine you thoroughly and tell you if you need further medical care.
There is another reason to get medical care, though. Medical records are important for a motorcycle accident lawsuit. The court is going to want evidence that you were injured. A diagnosis from a doctor is the kind of evidence the court will pay attention to.
3. Get your police report.
The police investigate accidents and file reports on those accidents. If you ask, you can get a copy of that report. Your attorneys can use the police report to help show what happened during the accident – like who was at fault. You need to prove negligence to win a motorcycle accident case. Few documents are more useful for proving such negligence than police reports.
The officer that you speak to at the scene of the accident should give you a reference number. You can use the reference number to get your police report. The police may charge you for the report. If you want a free copy of the report, you may be able to get it from your insurance company.
4. Speak to a motorcycle accident attorney.
Unless you have formal legal training, Utah law can be complicated. Fortunately, a good motorcycle accident attorney will know the law and how it applies to your situation. They can tell you exactly what to do and what not to do to preserve your case. Once you have a moment to plan your next move, we encourage you to contact an attorney to discuss your circumstances.
Contact Us About Your Motorcycle Accident
Has a motorcycle accident left you injured? Give us a call at (801) 521-4145 or fill out our secure online contact form. Once we know your story, we can get started on your motorcycle accident claim.