Washington Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits: How To Increase Your Chances Of Prevailing
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What can Washington motorcycle accident victims do to increase their chances of prevailing in a lawsuit? That's the question we asked Matt Menzer, a Washington attorney who’s been practicing law and representing plaintiffs for over 20 years in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death and other areas. He told us that while seeking medical attention and contacting an attorney are always important, there are some other things you can do as well:
- File a police report. The filing of a police report is important. If the police don’t come to the accident scene – which sometimes happens – then the injured victim should file a report afterward.
- Obtain information at the scene. Try to get witness names, addresses and phone numbers at the scene. That is really important.
- Take photos – of everything. If their insurance company is involved, they will usually take photographs of the vehicles involved and of the property damage, but I think it’s a good idea for the injured party to do the same. In this day and age, even if you’re confident that the insurance company is coming in, most people have a camera on their phone or a digital camera handy to take pictures as a backup.
These should include numerous pictures of the damaged vehicle or motorcycle and of the way that the inside of the car looks. If it was a big enough accident, you can get a pretty good sense of the impact depending on the damage to the motorcycle and the other vehicles.. In addition, people who have visible injuries should take photographs of those injuries such as bruises, cuts, casts, splints or medical devices.
- Keep a diary. It’s a good idea for people who are seriously injured, have a lot of symptoms, are in a lot of pain or spending a lot of time dealing with medical providers to keep a journal or diary. Writing down what level of pain they’re experiencing, how they are feeling emotionally, how often they have to be treated for their injuries, and when that pain occurs can be very helpful. If the case goes to trial two years after the accident, or even if you try to resolve it a year later, those memories and experiences can become dimmed.
Damages in a Washington motorcycle accident lawsuit can be substantial. If you've been injured, contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney in Washington State to discuss your situation and evaluate your options.