Seeking Damages After A Motorcycle Accident

If you are a responsible motorcycle rider, then you are more likely to get into an accident due to another driver's mistakes than your own. This is true because motorcycles are harder to see and can stop faster than other vehicles on the road. So drivers may pull in front of you without leaving enough room to avoid a collision, or they might follow you too closely, not realizing that you can stop faster than they can, and thus rear-end you. In any case, when seeking damages after a motorcycle accident, you should seek a lawyer who is familiar with handling motorcycle cases to help you build the strongest case possible. 

Gathering Evidence

Having the truth on your side makes little difference in a court case if you can't substantiate your story with the right evidence. Without evidence, you are left with a case of he said/she said. Or you might have a defendant who came prepared with evidence to back up his claim, and you have nothing but your story. A good lawyer will know how to prepare questions for and properly conduct an interview with a witness. They will also know how to prepare witnesses for court so that you are able to fit their story into a convincing court case. Similarly, a good lawyer will know what other evidence you should gather to make your case as strong as possible. 

Proving Damages

How do you know how much money to ask for in damages? You can't simply ask for an exorbitant sum of money simply because you feel like you deserve it. Instead, you have to prove exactly what monetary impact the accident has had on your life. You should, therefore, keep track of medical bills, the costs to repair or replace your motorcycle, the costs of physical therapy, and the amount of wages you have lost. You should also keep track of how the accident has strained your relationships with family or friends, and otherwise created complications in your life. You can use this evidence to decide on how much to ask for in damages. 

If you got into an accident because of another driver's actions, then it is not fair for you to have to suffer financially and physically. While there is a legal system in place to claim damages, your best chance of having a successful outcome in a motorcycle accident case is to prepare as much as possible for court. A good lawyer, like one from Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC, will be able to assist you in every step of the legal process.