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Information We'll Need if You've Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

In your initial consultation with our firm about your motorcycle accident, whether the consultation is in person or on the phone, be prepared for a lot of questions. We have found it helpful if you know ahead of time the questions we'll be asking.

Do not be intimidated by the length of the list below. Not every question will apply to your accident. Answers to some of the questions will assist us in determining whether we can take your case, and answers to the balance of the questions will be needed if our firm will be representing you. It is not necessary for you to provide all of the information right away. You can get back to us with the answers. You may want to print the list and have it handy for your initial consultation.

We know that one of the reasons motorcycle accident victims choose to hire our firm is because we appreciate that they want their cases resolved as quickly as possible, for the maximum about of money. When we take a case, we immediately and aggressively move forward. Thus the more information you can provide from the get-go, the more quickly we can get resolve your claim. Know that we work as a team with our clients: we depend on you to give us the information we need to achieve a successful outcome in your case.

Facts of Motorcycle Accident

  • Date, time, location
  • Street you were traveling on and direction of travel
  • Street at-fault driver was traveling on and direction of travel
  • Brief description of how the accident happened
  • Your approximate speed at moment of impact
  • Other driver's approximate speed at moment of impact

Police Report: Was there a police report? If yes, we need the report number, police station location & telephone number

Your Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Driver's license number
  • Your motorcycle: Year, make, model, license plate number, registered owner's name
  • Amount of damage to your motorcycle (minor, moderate, major)
  • Is your motorcycle drivable? If not, location of your motorcycle
  • Location of damage to your motorcycle
  • If your motorcycle is repairable: name and telephone number of the body shop you want to use
  • If your motorcycle is at an impound yard: name and telephone number of the impound yard
  • Do you have health insurance? Name of health insurance carrier
  • Your motorcycle insurance:
    • Insurance company's name
    • Policy/claim number
    • Telephone number
    • Uninsured motorist coverage? Policy limit? (We want this information even if the at-fault driver had auto insurance. Reason: if the at-fault driver did not have enough insurance to cover the value of your claim, you may be able to make an "underinsured" motorist claim under your own policy after collecting the at-fault driver's policy limit. Making such a claim will not affect your premiums whatsoever.) Click here to see a sample insurance "Declarations page," (the page which states your policy limits), with the uninsured motorist limits that we recommend.
    • Medical payments coverage? Policy limit?

At-Fault Driver's Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver's license number
  • At-fault driver's vehicle: Year, make, model, license plate number
  • Amount of damage to at-fault driver's vehicle (minor, moderate, major)
  • Location of damage to at-fault driver's vehicle
  • At-fault driver's auto insurance:
    • Insurance company's name
    • Policy/claim number
    • Telephone number

Witnesses: Contact information for every witness (name, address & telephone number)

Conversations at the Scene: Did you have any conversations at the scene of the accident with anyone (other driver or witnesses) about how the accident happened and who was at fault? If yes, who said what?

Injuries: Complete list of injuries you suffered in the accident

Medical Providers: Name, telephone number, and dates of treatment for every medical provider you have treated with as a result of the accident.

Loss of Earnings: If you missed or will miss time from work due to your injuries, we will need to request documentation from your employer.

  • Employer's name and telephone number
  • Your job title
  • Your job duties
  • How much you earn
  • Dates you missed due to the accident

Prior injury claims: Before this motorcycle accident, did you ever make an injury claim? If yes, we need the following information, to the best of your recollection:

  • Date or approximate date of prior injury
  • Type of accident
  • Injuries suffered in the prior accident
  • Names of medical provider with whom you treated, if you recall

(Reason we need this information: the other side is able to look up your claims history. They will try to use any prior injury claims against you by arguing that your current injuries are the result of a prior accident. Knowing your prior claims history will allow our firm to prepare to rebut the other's sides attempt to deflect responsibility for your injuries.)

Photographs: Did you take any photos at the scene? Of damage to your motorcycle? Of your injuries? If yes, we want you to email us all photos.

Items we will want copies of:

  • Your driver's license
  • Your motorcycle registration
  • Proof of insurance on your motorcycle
  • Your motorcycle insurance "declarations page," (the page that states your policy limits)
  • Your Medicare or Medi-Cal card, if you are enrolled in either program
  • Your health insurance membership card

To print this list, click here.