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Involved in a Motorcycle Accident? These Documents Could Help Your Case

By Jose Ceja
Managing Attorney

When you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is dealing with insurance companies and court systems. Instead, you should be able to focus solely on your recovery. Luckily, that’s the job of a qualified motorcycle accident attorney. With the proper documents, he or she can fight on your behalf for the compensation that you deserve. But which documents can help your case? The following documents can prove vital.

1. The Police Report

When the police come out after you have been in an accident, they will establish an official accident report, often referred to as a police report. At the scene the police will speak with witnesses, look at the location where the accident occurred, and observe any and all injuries. They will establish what they believe led to the accident, which can help to confirm your claims. If you don’t have a police report, you can contact your local department to ask for one. 

2. Your Medical Records

You should provide copies of any medical treatment that you have received relating to the accident. Your medical records can help to confirm a timeline for your injuries – and are often used to establish a proper statute of limitations (the time during which you can legally bring a claim).

3. Receipts and Past Paystubs

Many times, injuries caused by motorcycle accidents can prevent the injured individual from going into work and therefore missing out on money that they could otherwise be making. It’s helpful to provide a copy of your recent pay stub to prove your lost earnings (what you would be making had it not been for the accident). It’s also vital that you retain receipts of any costs related to your injury, including those for physical therapy, prescription medication, and the like. 

4. Witness Information

Another important piece of information that you can provide to your attorney is the information for any witnesses to your accident. It’s extremely beneficial to have someone who saw what transpired who is able to testify to the timeline of events. If you already have any witness statements in writing, these should also be provided. 

5. Photographs and Videos

Assuming you were able, taking pictures and videos at the scene of the accident can prove extremely helpful – especially if timestamped. It’s also a good idea to document your injuries and your recovery process. It’s important to note that most smartphones have a built-in timestamp. 

6. Insurance Information

Providing your insurance policy to your attorney can help to expedite the communication between your attorney and the insurance company. You should also provide a copy of the other party’s insurance policy should you have it. 

7. Your Own Written Timeline

Finally, a key document that you can provide to your attorney is a first-hand account of what happened. By writing down what occurred in a chronological timeline, you can ensure that you don’t forget to provide your lawyer with important details. It’s best to write this timeline as soon as you can so as not to forget things. 

The Attorneys at Ceja Law Firm Help Those in Houston Who Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident due to the recklessness or negligence of another, it’s vital that you understand to what you are entitled under the law. With this information under your belt, you can make the important decisions regarding how you want to move forward. That’s why it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable and experienced Texas personal injury attorney.

At Ceja Law Firm PLLC, we understand the impact that a motorcycle accident can have on many parts of your life and the importance of properly dealing with such negligence or recklessness. That’s why we will work to get you the compensation that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

About the Author
Jose Ceja is the managing attorney of Ceja Law Firm. He has practiced law since 2007 and has devoted his career to the practice of criminal law. Mr. Ceja began his legal career as a felony drug prosecutor, where he prosecuted drug, gang, and violent offenses. Mr. Ceja has first or second chaired almost 100 trials, including murders, drug cases, DWIs, and assaults. In his career as a defense attorney, he has regularly obtained dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and grand jury “no bills” in a wide variety of cases.