Motorcycle accidents can be devastating to the victims involved. Obviously, motorcycles lack the protection that automobiles provide to their occupants. Motorcycle accidents cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year in medical bills, property damages, emergency services, and more. Motorcycle accident victims are typically entitled to compensation for their damages, but they must be able to prove both liability and damages.
In order to build a strong case, there are some steps that should be taken at the scene. First, the police should be contacted. Police who respond to the scene should write an accident report, which will be a key piece of evidence in your case. If you are able, talk to the police at the scene.
Eyewitnesses can also be critical to your case. Ask anyone who witnessed the crash for their contact information. This could include passengers, pedestrians, passersby, other motorists, or others. Ask them if they will wait until the police arrive so that their statements can be included in the official report.
While you are at the scene, take pictures of the scene, including the vehicles and any nearby details which could be important. The pictures should be taken from all angles. These pictures can be important later, particularly if the scene is cleaned up quickly and the police neglect to take pictures.
Finally, it can be very important to write down everything you remember as soon after the accident as possible. Even tiny details can be very important. Compile your notes along with the information you have for the eyewitnesses.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, you should speak with an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney. Call me, Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.