My mother is a stickler for organization. I learned a lot from her about how to create a base upon which success can be acheived. After my father died she raised five children and paid the freight altering clothes. She learned to make ends meet with little investments; like buying her two oldest sons a fishing pole and a container of sea worms with directions to the Elk’s Dock. She persuaded my Uncle Jeep (Balzano) to show us how to clean a flat fish. In the backyard we cut, cleaned and wrapped buckets of flash fish in foil before filling the freezer for winter meals. We learned to survive by doing the right prep work and by teaching me to fish she taught me how to survive. I could never get used to the feeling of being hungry.
Today as a lawyer I thank my mother, Dolly for showing me what it takes for a 35 year-old mother leading a family with five children to survive with only a tenth grade education and the will not to lose. Having the will not to lose is perhaps one of the most valuable traits anyone can develop. It was a valuable lesson Dolly taught me. Like I’m fond of saying, “I hate to lose.” And so should you. So let’s get busy because if you don’t preserve the evidence in your case you are less likely to win.
Here is the list of your supplies and evidence you’ll need to gather and to preserve your accident scene. Let’s get busy and organized. And if you don't want to take the time to do it, call us because as your attorney we will do it for you. (515-222-1110)
32 Things You Should Do To Preserve Your Bike Accident Case
- Get a folder for recordkeeping.
- Get a good digital camera, a video camera, a tape measure and a measuring wheel.
- Photograph the accident scene.
- Photograph the ATV.
- Photograph your injuries.
- Photograph anything in the accident environment that you believe the driver or owner will blame for causing the accident.
- Collect the names and contact information for every eyewitnesses.
- Save your clothing and don’t wash them!
- Save the ATV and don’t wipe it down or wash it off!
- Don’t use the ATV!
- Save the helmet!
- Don’t use the helmet again, but save it!
- Photograph the helmet showing the location and size/length of every dent/cut/scrape.
- If you shot images on your phone download them to your computer.
- Burn all the photographs to a CD so you can give them to your lawyer.
- Keep a copy of the accident investigation report from the police.
- Keep a copy of the driver exchange of information form.
- Get your insurance policy out and your DEC page.
- Keep copies of any correspondence from the insurance company.
- Don’t give a statement to the truck owner’s insurance company.
- Keep copies of all medical bills.
- Keep copies of all work excuse slips.
- Keep copies of appointment cards and make a list of all your medical service providers. (doctors, etc.)
- Talk only with the police, your lawyer and doctors about the accident.
- Before you give your own insurance companies a recorded statement hire a lawyer.
- Place a copy of your health insurance card in the folder.
- Understand what you did right.
- Understand what you did wrong, if anything.
- Realize the ATV driver is going to blame you.
- Realize the ATV driver’s insurance company is going to blame you.
- Open a folder and keep all your records in it.
- Open your mind and get ready to learn how to win.
Let’s get organized and let’s learn how to win your case.