When bringing your motorcycle to a mechanic for repair, it is reasonable to expect that your vehicle will be returned to you in a safer condition than when you dropped it off. Unfortunately, mistakes or negligence can occur during the repair process that result in a dangerous condition leading to a motorcycle accident. These crashes may leave you with severe injuries. Victims may be entitled to compensation as a result.
Three Tips Following a Motorcycle Crash Caused by Negligent Repairs
Whether the accident is caused by tires that are not properly secured to your bike, failed repairs to your brakes that result in your inability to stop, or some other type of negligence during the repair process, it is important to respond properly in order to protect your legal rights. We strongly recommend that you follow the below tips:
- Keep all of the parts of the motorcycle. It is important to keep these parts because they may serve as valuable evidence in the event of a claim. Without the parts, it can be very difficult to prove that repair problem(s) existed at the time of the crash.
- Seek legal assistance before doing any testing on the parts of the bike that were negligently repaired. Doing so may alter or destroy the evidence that you need in order to successfully pursue a claim. Instead, the evidence should be kept in the exact same condition it was in at the time of the crash. Later, your attorney may bring in an engineer to inspect and test the vehicle.
- Contact an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process of pursuing a claim. This type of accident requires specific knowledge of attorneys who have represented victims of crashes caused by negligent repairs. The right people must be hired and the appropriate testing must be performed. These tests must also be performed under specific circumstances in order to ensure that they are admissible in court. An attorney will also know how to gather the appropriate evidence, such as 911 calls, police reports, photos of the accident scene, and repair records in order to support your claim.
Hiring an attorney to represent you is also important because you will likely be contacted by various insurance companies and law firms representing other parties after the crash. You may be pressured to make statements, provide evidence, or negotiate settlements shortly after the accident occurs. Doing so without having your own legal representation can result in significantly lower compensation for your injuries. We frequently handle similar cases; take a look at ourtestimonals provided by past and current clients who we have helped to obtain the best compensation possible.