Important Evidence to Strengthen Your Motorcycle Accident Claim
Broken bones, road rash, disfigurement—the injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident can be catastrophic. Medical bills and lost wages can add up quickly, but if your collision was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. The success of your claim will ultimately hinge on the strength of your evidence. This is where a Beverly Hills motorcycle accident attorney from Jalilvand Law may be able to help.
Our injury lawyers know the tactics used by insurance companies to deny and undervalue claims, and we’ll make sure you aren’t bullied into accepting an unfair settlement. Call us today at 310-478-5800 to schedule a consultation.
Types of Evidence to Strengthen Your Beverly Hills Motorcycle Accident Claim
The types of evidence your personal injury attorney will use to prove your claim will depend on the facts surrounding your accident—the cause of your wreck, the severity of your injuries, the types of medical treatment you will need, and many other factors.
The vast majority of motorcycle crashes occur when someone breaks a traffic law by speeding, making an illegal lane change, following too closely, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or making an illegal or unsafe turn. If you were injured by a negligent driver, your attorney may use the following evidence to support your claim:
- The police report;
- Photos of the crash scene that show the road conditions, skid marks, injuries, property damage, the positions of vehicles, and traffic signs;
- Dashcam and surveillance video;
- Witness testimony;
- Testimony from an accident reconstruction expert; and
- Timelines and illustrations.
Depending on the circumstances of your crash, there are other types of evidence your lawyer may use to prove negligence and liability. For example, if your accident involved a semi-truck, your attorney might use the truck’s black box data and the driver’s Hours of Service logbook to prove negligence. If the at-fault driver was drunk, toxicology reports can be used to prove intoxication. If the driver was distracted, your attorney might use records from his or her cell phone service provider.
Evidence to Prove Damages After a Beverly Hills Motorcycle Accident
Medical bills and lost income can be quite substantial after a motorcycle accident because riders have very little protection from impact. California law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensatory damages, which include economic damages (special damages) and non-economic damages (general damages), as well as punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for egregious behavior.
Economic damages are objectively verifiable losses like vehicle repairs, lost income, medical bills, and home modifications. Non-economic damages are intangible losses like mental anguish and pain and suffering.
Punitive damages are rarely awarded, but they may be recoverable if the driver who caused your accident was drunk, fleeing from the police, or otherwise behaving with malice.
Depending on the facts of your case, your lawyer may use the following types of evidence to prove damages:
- Medical bills;
- Diagnostic imaging, prescription records, and other medical documentation;
- Receipts for home modifications;
- Income tax returns, paystubs, and other proof of lost income;
- Relevant insurance policies;
- Photos of injuries;
- Your journal about your personal injuries;
- Testimony from a financial expert;
- Testimony from a medical expert;
- The police report; and
- Toxicology reports.
Contact a Beverly Hills Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!
If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash, contact Jalilvand Law to discuss your case. Attorney Kamelia Jalilvand has a reputation for tough litigation, and she is not afraid to take your case to trial if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement. Call 310-478-5800 today to schedule a consultation with a Beverly Hills accident attorney.