What Evidence Should I Gather After a Car Accident?
Although every car accident claim is unique, strong evidence always plays a critical role in the outcome of these cases. The key to building a winning case is to start compiling evidence of liability, causation, and damages at the earliest possible point in time, and to avoid critical mistakes throughout the proceedings. A personal injury attorney can help in both regards.
Below we’ve outlined a few examples of evidence you should compile after a motor-vehicle collision:
1. Photographs of the Scene
If you happened to photograph the wreckage before leaving the scene, make sure the images are stored in a safe place. Accident reconstruction experts may be able to determine what happened in the seconds leading up to the crash by reviewing these photos.
If you did not document the scene, it may be possible to obtain images of the wreckage from those who did. Your legal team can reach out to the people who were involved—and those who witnessed the collision—to find out if they have any photographs that might contribute to the strength of your claim.
2. Video Footage
If the accident happened in a fairly developed area, there’s a good chance it was captured by one or more surveillance cameras. Because the footage may be overwritten in a matter of weeks, though, you will have to reach out to those who possess it right away.
There’s also a good chance the crash was captured by one or more dash cams. Advancements in technology have made these devices incredibly affordable in recent years, and many individuals have installed them in their personal vehicles. If the owners of any such footage are reluctant to hand it over, your attorney can apply legal pressure to obtain it.
3. The Police Report
Whenever officers respond to an accident, they must draft an official report. The content of this report might corroborate your own version of events. If police suspect the other motorist admitted to texting and driving, for example, they may note as much in the report.
4. Medical Records
Your medical records will help prove the extent of your damages. Be sure to save all diagnostic images, hospital bills, lab test results, and insurance documentation.
You should also start a personal injury journal as soon as possible. Use your journal to record the recovery process, your symptoms, and the various ways your condition is hindering your everyday life.
5. Other Evidence
There are many kinds of evidence that might contribute to an auto accident claim. Your attorney can help you compile evidence that is difficult to obtain and that you might have overlooked. Your lawyer may consult with various experts when building your case such as medical, financial, vocational, and accident reconstruction experts. These specialists might also provide valuable deposition if your case proceeds to discovery.
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