Car crashes can happen at anytime, anywhere. Motorcyclists in California are at a higher risk of getting involved in road accidents and sustaining serious injuries. A few hours after a motorcycle accident can be devastating and confusing, especially to motorists who don’t know the right procedure of filing for a successful insurance claim. Here are five important items that you need to keep after a car or motorcycle accidents to help you overcome the pain and suffering associated with such accidents:
Clear photos of the accident scene
It is important to take clear photographs as soon as possible whenever you are involved in a road accident. The photographs should include the damage to your car, damages to the other car or motorcycle, and any injuries you may have sustained as a result of the accident. This is a priority, especially if it is a minor accident where you don’t have to rush to help out the injured. Safety and health should always be prioritized in serious accidents. A photographic evidence of the accident’s details can be immeasurably valuable to your claim process.
Valuations of the damage caused to your car or motorcycle
Regardless of the degree of damage caused to your car or motorcycle, it is important to get a full appraisal performed to help you determine how much it will cost you to repair the car or motorcycle. Most insurance claims are calculated based on the actual value of your property and the estimated cost of repairs. Therefore, it is important to provide an approximate cost of repairs by performing and keeping the details of the evaluation. Our team of personal injury lawyers can help you acquire this crucial document and ascertain that the recorded details are correct.
The accident’s police report
In the event of a serious accident, it is prudent to contact the police to record the events of the accident. Typically, police officers are trained to respond to such calls and write an official report. Ensure that you get a copy of this report from the police department. A comprehensive police report plays a vital role in processing your insurance claim.
Proof of income
It is possible to sustain serious injuries that can prevent you from working normally or becoming as productive as you used to be. Proof of regular income either weekly or monthly will come in handy in showing that indeed the accident hinders your ability to work and has resulted in lost wages. You should keep documents such as bank records that demonstrate your withdrawals from your business’ accounts or even direct employer deposits into your bank account. These records will make your claim stronger and increase your chances of getting appropriate compensation or a favorable ruling.
Recent medical records
It is important to keep all medical records resulting from the accident regardless of the degree of injuries or amount spent on medical expenses. This can also act as a precaution in case you develop future injuries resulting from the minor injuries you sustained in the accident. Make sure the medical records are complete, including the copies of your medical bills. Have a detailed activity and injury journal to support your records.
If you or your loved one has sustained injuries from a car or motorcycle accident, it is advisable to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you expedite the complex insurance claim process. We, at California Injury Accident Lawyers, have experienced lawyers in 12 convenient locations ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. We don’t charge any legal fees unless we have fully settled or won your case. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.