According to the NHTS, just over 5,000 people died in 2020 from motorcycle accidents. In fact, despite less drivers on the road due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2020 recorded the highest number of vehicle accidents since 2007!
If you are reading this article, there is a good chance either you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident and has suffered some injuries. You’ve come to the right place!
At The Ye Law Firm, we a group of compassionate people who have experience helping our clients get the compensation they need to focus on their recovery. Led by skilled attorney Chong Ye, we work hard to do the heavy lifting involved in bringing your case to a resolution. We research, ask questions, locate information, and talk with insurance companies so you don’t have to.
You focus on your recovery. We focus on your motorcycle accident injury case.
What Are Some Documents And Records I Should Keep Handy If I Am Involved In A Motorcycle Accident Case In Washington?
- Document The Scene Of The Accident. Most people carry a smartphone with them while they travel, even if the trip is to the local grocery store a couple miles away. The cameras on these smartphones are a great tool to use if you’ve been in an accident. Take pictures from different angles, people taking pictures, cameras on buildings, construction, adjacent roads, crosswalks, buildings, and vehicles surrounding the scene.
- Exchange Information. After an accident, there is basic information you want to exchange. But don’t stop with the driver’s information; think like a detective and try to get as much of the following information as possible:
- Driver’s name and contact information
- Passenger’s names and contact information
- Other people involved in the accidents names and contact information, including witnesses
- Description of vehicles involved, including license plate numbers
- Vehicle insurance information and driver’s license number
- Names of police officers who responded, badge numbers, and any statements or comments the police officers made
- Notes about comments or statements made
- Proof of Insurance. All drivers must carry insurance with basic limits.
- Police Report. A police report is an official document your attorney will review and use to further understand the accident. The report will
- Recreate with a diagram of the accident
- Help your attorney understand how the accident occurred
- List responding officers and witnesses
- Provide an opinion of fault
- Police Issued Tickets. If you received a ticket after the accident, make sure your attorney is aware of the citation. Likewise, your attorney needs to know if you are aware of any tickets issued to other driver(s) involved. Some reasons a driver may receive a ticket include:
- Distracted Driving
- Texting & Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Aggressive Driving or Road Rage
- Medical Reports. Doctors and medical care practitioners document injuries, patient history, comments made, and recommendations. Don’t forget records from ambulance companies, emergency rooms, physical therapy, and chiropractors. Include all medical reports and records from the date of the accident to the present.
- Bills, Receipts, And Invoices. Documentation of all medical care costs are not limited to doctor appointments. Please include travel (ie: Uber or Lyft), medicine, over-the-counter braces…any expense related to the accident.
- Statements Made. Did you talk with an insurance adjuster? Do you remember what you said to the responding officers at the accident? Document all the conversations and statements made then turn the information over to your attorney.
- Lost Work Or Employer Documentation. Document any lost work and provide any proof you have in your possession to support your lost work and subsequent wages.
By the nature of the vehicle, injuries to motorcyclists are usually more severe or deadly than injuries sustained in passenger cars and trucks. These injuries are different because they are usually catastrophic or life-changing. Chong Ye of The Ye Law Firm is a skilled attorney who has the experience working with clients who have been injured in motorcycle accidents. His team is trained to ask questions, investigate, and help determine the amount, if any, of compensation you are entitled to receive due to the accident.
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