When injured in a motorcycle accident in Tampa Bay, contacting an experienced Tampa Bay motorcycle accident attorney could be crucial for your chances to get compensated for your personal injuries. Call us at 813-421-3411 to help you navigate the damages recovery procedures, and gather the following evidence to prove that the crash wasn’t your fault:
Accident reports.If a police officer comes to the scene, he or she will make a report about the accident. It will include many important facts observed by the officer, such as road conditions, weather, property damage, skid marks, and others. It will include only information observed by the officer since due to accident reporting privilege he or she doesn’t have to include anything that drivers say. The accident report is very important evidence and it’s not easy to be contested.
Witness statements.Other people who have seen or heard something about the accident can offer valuable information as well. Make sure you collect contact information of witnesses who have seen that it wasn’t your fault.
Surveillance recordings.Street cameras, red light cameras, local businesses surveillance on storefronts – they could have recorded your motorcycle accident and secured evidence to prove you were right.
Videos and photos made by you.Make sure you follow the “Rule of 8”, which means taking photos and videos from the following eight angles: front, front driver corner, driver side, rear driver corner, rear, rear passenger side corner, passenger side, front passenger corner. It will give a great picture of the accident to the insurance company and the judge.
Helmet.Don’t use your helmet again as it may serve as an evidence that you were wearing one when the injuries occurred. It’s wise to take photos of the helmet too.
Clothing.Like the helmet, the clothing could provide valuable evidence about the motorcycle accident circumstances. It’s best if you just put the clothes in a zip bag and hand it to your lawyer to help him help you by extracting evidence from the clothes.