Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Evidence in a St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Case




In many motorcycle accident cases, the cause of the accident is perfectly clear, such as when another driver blew through a stop sign or was obviously driving faster than the speed limit. When this is the case, liability1 is generally conceded by the at fault party and the case is very likely to settle.
In some cases, however, liability is not so clear, meaning that victims will need to gather evidence to establish fault on the party of the other driver or drivers. The information below is an overview of the kinds of evidence that may be relevant in your case and what you can do to improve your chances of recovering compensation. If you have any questions, call our office today to speak to a St. Petersburg motorcycle accident attorney.
Evidence You Can Gather at the Scene
Gathering evidence often starts at the scene of the accident. Of course, this is only the case if victims are physically able to do so, and you should never try and gather evidence at the scene of an accident in which you were involved if you are seriously injured. Always submit to an evaluation by emergency medical personnel and accept recommended treatment.
If you are able to stay and the scene and collect evidence, however, here are some of the things you should do:
  • Take photographs of the aftermath of the accident. Pay special attention to anything that may seem out of the ordinary, including damage to the other vehicles involved that may have existed before the accident and road defects. In addition, take photographs from multiple angles to give a sense of context and ensure that you collect as much evidence as possible.
  • Collect information from the other drivers, like their names, addresses, insurance information, and license plate numbers. In addition, try and collect obtain information from anyone who may have seen the accident happen.
  • Take notes. Document anything you think may have played a role in your accident. Examples of the kinds of facts of which to take note include the weather conditions at the time of the accident, whether the other drivers were acting in a way that may have suggested that they were drunk or on drugs, the time of day in which the accident occurred, and your immediate surroundings.

Your Attorney Will Gather Evidence on Your Behalf
Gathering evidence at the scene of an accident is usually just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to proving fault in a disputed accident case. As a result, it is important for victims to retain an attorney who is familiar with building a personal injury2 case and gather evidence is support of your claim. In some cases, finding evidence of negligence may require significant investigation and may even require issuing subpoenas to parties who do not want to hand over evidence that may be critical to your case. Some examples of the kinds of evidence that may be relevant in a motorcycle accident case include the following:

  • Vehicle maintenance records
  • Police reports
  • The results of drug and alcohol testing
  • Cell phone records
  • Medical records
  • Internal documents from the company that manufactured the vehicles involved
  • Surveillance footage

When you retain a lawyer, he or she will determine whether any of this type of evidence is necessary in your case and use a legal process known as “discovery” to compel other parties to obtain it.
Call a St. Petersburg Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it may be necessary to gather evidence indicating that the another person’s negligence was the cause of your accident. At the Dolman Law Group, our motorcycle accident lawyers have the experience required in a disputed motorcycle accident case and will review the circumstances surrounding your accident at no cost to you. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of motorcycle accident lawyers, call our office today at 727-222-6922 or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922

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