Types of Evidence Necessary for Your Tennessee Motorcycle Claim
If you’ve suffered serious injuries in a Tennessee motorcycle accident, you are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any associated property damage. However, you’ll need solid evidence to win your case.
Evidence to Establish Liability
Proving that the other driver was at fault for the accident is the first step in winning a motorcycle accident claim. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, this may involve the following types of evidence:
The police report will describe how the collision occurred and tell if the other driver was ticketed for a traffic offense such as speeding.
Statements from people who observed the crash can shed light on the cause of the accident.
If the crash was caught on tape by surveillance video or a nearby vehicle with a dashcam, this could clarify any inconsistencies in witness statements of how it occurred.
Photos of the accident scene and damage to the vehicles can establish liability since certain types are consistent with specific accident causes.
Evidence to Document Damages
In addition to proving liability, you must be able to thoroughly document the harm you have suffered. To document your damages, you can use:
Your medical records will show your injuries and establish that they are from the accident.
Bills and Invoices
Copies of any bills or invoices you received for your medical care and any property damage to your motorcycle are necessary to seek reimbursement for these expenses.
To be compensated for lost wages, you’ll need to provide pay stubs that show you missed time from work due to your injuries.
Statement From An Employer
If you regularly work overtime or your pay varies from week to week, you may need a statement from your employer to document your loss of income.
If you are self-employed, tax returns from previous years can be used to estimate the income you lost due to your injuries.
If you’ve been left permanently disabled, expert testimony can establish your future medical needs and the effect of your condition on your earning potential.
Keeping a journal of your daily activities since the accident can help support your claim for pain and suffering damages.
The Value of Skilled Legal Representation
Tennessee law gives you one year after an accident to file your personal injury claim, but acting quickly is in your best interests. Valuable evidence can become harder to locate as time passes.
Were You Injured in a Tennessee Motorcycle Accident?
There’s no need to suffer alone due to someone else’s negligence. The experienced legal team at Weir & Kestner Injury Attorneys focuses on providing the best possible representation to victims of motorcycle accidents. Contact us online or call our office directly at 615.220.4180 to schedule your free consultation. We’ll arrange a time to meet with you at one of our offices in Smyrna, Nashville, Murfreesboro or Chattanooga—whichever location is most convenient for you.