What Information Should I Gather at The Scene of The Motorcycle Accident?

Experiencing a motorcycle accident can be disorienting, making it hard to remember all the critical steps you should take. However, when possible, gathering crucial information at the accident scene can significantly benefit your potential claim later. Here, we will discuss what information you should collect at the accident site.

Contact Details

First and foremost, exchange contact and insurance information with all parties involved. Make sure you gather the following:

  • Full names
  • Contact information (phone numbers and addresses)
  • Insurance details, including company name and policy number
  • Vehicle details (make, model, year, color, and license plate number)

Witness Information

Witnesses can provide an objective perspective on the accident. Aim to collect the following from any willing witnesses:

  • Full names
  • Contact information
  • A brief account of what they saw

Photos and Videos

Visual evidence can significantly support your case. Use your phone to take:

  • Pictures of the accident scene from various angles
  • Photos of your motorcycle and any other involved vehicles showing the damage
  • Images of any visible injuries you sustained

Police Report

If law enforcement arrives at the scene, they’ll likely compile an official accident report with much of the above information. This document can be instrumental in your case, so remember to obtain a copy of the driver’s exchange.  The accident report will not be immediately available, but the driver’s exchange will identify all parties involved in the crash as well as their insurance companies.

Document the Scene

The more details you can remember about the accident, the better. Make a point to:

  • Write down the date, time, and location of the accident
  • Document weather and road conditions at the time
  • Sketch a diagram of the accident, if possible

Remember, the more comprehensive and accurate the information you collect at the accident scene, the stronger your claim will be.

The Ruth Law Team Can Assist

If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, consider contacting The Ruth Law Team. You can contact us at (888) 783-8378 and discuss your situation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. You can also visit us by appointment at one of our Florida Law Offices, Minnesota Law Offices, or Georgia Law Offices.

Please note that the answers to each question may vary depending on the specific facts of your case, and it is always a sound idea to consult with an attorney to get more accurate information. Also, this is general information and not legal advice.