Motorcycle Accidents: Don’t Rely On Police Reports

Police reports of what happened at an accident scene can be very helpful when dealing with your insurance company or if you become involved in litigation. However, that’s not always the case with motorcycle accidents. In fact, motorcycle accident attorneys say that you should not rely on police reports at all.

Police reports are not evidence in California

According to Claude Wyle, a California attorney and member of the Advocate Law Group network who has been practicing motorcycle law, and riding, for 25 years, the police report is generally against the motorcyclist. He explained, “Most of the witnesses always say that the biker was speeding. The police officer’s experience with motorcyclists is that they’re usually speeding and so the motorcyclist often doesn’t know exactly how the accident happened. The motorcycle accident report will usually lay the blame on the motorcycle rider. So, don’t rely on it at all. It’s up to you to get a good lawyer who knows how to work with the evidence that you and he have preserved to get around what the findings are in the police report. The police report is not evidence in California. Its conclusions as to who’s at fault are not evidence in California.”

When should a motorcyclist contact an attorney?

A motorcyclist, or their family, should contact an attorney well educated and experienced in motorcycle cases as soon as possible after an accident. According to Wyle, “There’s no reason to wait at all. We work on a contingency fee. We will get a percentage of the case. There’s no reason not to put us to work right away, have us start giving you advice right away. Have us start collecting the evidence and making sure you’re going to win right away. Make sure you’re going to get full compensation and full accountability from the people who hurt you. There will be less evidence – less negative evidence – created and the positive evidence will be gathered and collected if you get the right lawyer.”

“Unfortunately, a lot of lawyers would love to handle motorcycle cases because motorcyclists generally get hurt pretty badly and so their cases could potentially be worth more money. So, if the cases are worth more money, most lawyers want to take them. Sadly though, not all that many lawyers really know what they’re doing in a motorcycle case and it’s the rider that will lose in the end.”

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, contact an attorney whose practice focuses in this area of law. Click here, for a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorney.

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