You need to show that it is damaged, but I really don’t think they are going to do a CSI-level accident reconstruction based on damage to the bike. Keep it and document the damage. I’m sure the cops already got all they are going to take from it.
@dwillen – you can’t know what’s going to happen. If you strip the bike, you foreclose an option. It wouldn’t be the first time that video evidence is inconclusive, witnesses are contradictory, and the motorist insists on a version of events completely at odds with the physical evidence.
@lyle I don’t claim to know what is going to happen. I said not to take anything off the bike. I’m not sure how that is inconsistent with what Erok said.
After my accident, I was told not to strip the bike because (if the driver was determined to be at fault) the insurance company may send their adjuster (to determine damage), and they would want it if it was a total loss. Nobody at any point suggested it may play an important determination of fault.
i had a shitty lawyer at first that didn’t give me any advice. after i fired him and got a good lawyer, he asked me to take photos of my messed up bike, but i didn’t have it anymore. this was 2003 and i didn’t know any better.