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Accident Reconstruction After a California Motorcycle Accident

Maison Law represents motorcycle accident victims in California. When you’ve been in one of these accidents, you’re probably aware of how serious injuries can be. This makes the legal process–and showing evidence of your damages–very important to your overall recovery. If you’d like to learn more about your options, contact us today for a free consultation.

Should You Work With Our Lawyers?

Whether or not you need our lawyers depends on your circumstances. The severity of a motorcycle accident can vary from case to case. So, if yours was not as severe or your injuries were only minor, you probably won’t need legal help.

However, in the event that your accident or injuries are more in line with a typical motorcycle accident in California, you’ll need more extensive help. Our team of experienced lawyers will be there to support your case by:

  • Investigating what happened
  • Helping you gather evidence
  • Work with an accident reconstruction team to put together a picture of what happened
  • Talking to witnesses and authorities
  • Make the legal process easier on you

Accident reconstruction is just one of our many services we offer our clients. We take pride in our approach, and strive to give your case the individualized attention it needs. Better yet, we work on a contingency-fee basis, which means there’s no upfront cost to working with us.

How Accident Reconstruction Works

As the name suggests, accident reconstruction is the process of putting the pieces of your motorcycle accident back together. Much like every motorcycle accident is unique, so too is every reconstruction. Generally, though, it involves taking objective details and crucial evidence to build an accurate recreation of what happened. Usually, the process unfolds as follows: 

  • Examining the scene – The first step is usually examining the accident scene. Accident investigators visit the accident site to document physical evidence, such as skid marks, debris, road conditions, and any environmental factors that may have contributed to the accident.

  • Photographs – Detailed photographs are taken from multiple angles to capture the scene as accurately as possible. This documentation helps reconstruct the events later.

  • Interviewing witnesses – Investigators interview witnesses to gather firsthand accounts of the accident. Witness testimonies can provide valuable insight into what happened.

  • Examining the vehicles – The motorcycle and other vehicles involved in the accident are thoroughly examined for damage, tire marks, mechanical defects, and any other relevant factors.

  • Collecting other data – If available, data from various sources such as vehicle black boxes, surveillance cameras, or GPS systems may be collected to reconstruct the vehicle movements leading up to the accident
     
  • Computer simulation – Accident reconstruction experts use specialized software to create computer simulations based on the gathered data. These simulations help visualize the sequence of events leading up to the accident and determine factors such as vehicle speeds, braking distances, and collision dynamics.

  • Reconstruction – Using the gathered evidence and computer simulations, experts analyze the accident to reconstruct the sequence of events and determine factors such as the point of impact, vehicle speeds, and the actions of the drivers involved.

  • Testimony and Reports – Once the reconstruction is complete, a detailed report is prepared documenting the findings. Accident reconstruction experts may also be called upon to testify in a trial or deposition to provide expert opinion on the accident reconstruction process and findings.

No matter what the circumstances are, accident reconstruction is often a crucial piece of evidence that you can use to show your losses and prove liability in your motorcycle accident. Still, you may be wondering why you would need such evidence.

Why Would You Need Accident Reconstruction After a Motorcycle Accident?

Being in a motorcycle accident is difficult enough on its own, but when you think about the legal process and all it entails, it’s easy to see how it can become overwhelming. As an injury victim, you have the right to file an injury claim after a motorcycle accident in California. But, as with any claim, it’s up to you to prove what actually happened and how the accident hurt you. While liability and damages are a part of any claim, accident reconstructions can go a long way in helping your case by:

  • Proving who was at fault for the accident by showing vehicle positioning, speeds, and conditions.
  • Piecing together the sequence of events showing the beginning, middle, and end of the accident.
  • Showing the extent of your injuries by looking at the data and dynamics involved in the crash.
  • Providing objective, scientific evidence for your court case.

Liability and Damages

All of these factors make accident reconstruction a valuable part of your claim, but remember it’s important to get medical attention and keep track of your medical records and other evidence. From there, working with our team can help you through the actual claims process. Accident reconstructions are important here, because it can show who was at-fault and your damages.

Liability determines who will pay for your damages, and is generally determined by “negligence.” This can be any number of actions from the at-fault party, like:

  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence
  • Tailgating or following you too closely
  • Texting and driving
  • Being distracted
  • Failing to give you the right of way
  • Making unsafe lane changes

With liability established, you can then figure up your damages. In most motorcycle accidents, this refers to your:

  • Medical expenses
  • Damage to your motorcycle
  • Lost income or earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful death expenses, if there’s a fatal accident

Experienced California Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

At Maison Law, our experienced California motorcycle accident lawyers not only understand how challenging an accident can be, but how tough the process is to get the financial support you need to recover. With our resources and dedication, we’ll put together a strong claim and get help from accident reconstruction teams to do that for you. To get the process started, contact us today for a free consultation.

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