No one wants to be involved in an auto accident. If someone else is at fault, you want to be compensated for your injuries, time out of work, and pain and suffering. But what type of evidence do you need to file a lawsuit with the help of your auto accident attorney? Here is some vital evidence and where to collect it.
At The Scene Of The Accident
How much evidence you can collect at the accident scene will depend on the severity of your injuries. You can often capture some information, such as the name and insurance company of the other driver, from law enforcement's accident report.
Be aware that sometimes multiple agencies, such as local deputies, the police department, and even the highway patrol, may all respond to the scene. Make sure you know which agency is filing the report. If possible, get the officer's name and badge number. They should provide you with clear instructions on how to obtain a copy of their report.
If you are in a condition to do so, use your phone to take pictures following the crash. The images may even provide additional proof you do not realize you are collecting when you take them. Take pictures showing the following:
- The vehicles involved
- The license tag of the vehicles
- The placement of the vehicles
- Skid marks leading up to and following the impact
- Road conditions, including road defects, weather, and lighting
You will also want to take pictures of traffic control devices like stop signs and traffic lights.
Collect the name and contact information for any witnesses of the accident. Your auto accident attorney may need to call them as witnesses.
At The Hospital
No matter how minor you think your injuries are, you must seek professional medical attention. You may not experience the effects of some injuries immediately, and adrenaline can mask many symptoms at the time of the accident.
Make sure you get a copy of your medical records, including copies of any diagnostic images. Many hospitals may make these available through your electronic documents. Save copies and receipts of any prescriptions or required over-the-counter medications.
At The Body Shop
In addition to your injuries, make sure you gather evidence related to your vehicle's state before and after the accident. Past maintenance records may be helpful to show faulty components did not cause your accident.
Ensure you document any upgrades, especially if they are after-market. Even the cost of new tires raises the value of your vehicle.
Get this evidence of your car accident as quickly as possible. Your fast turnaround will allow them to start your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact an auto accident attorney to learn more.