Car Accident Attorneys Warn: Thorough Evidence Matters

Jun 12, 2015 - Car Accidents by

Particularly for injury victims, taking the right actions and making good decisions is challenging when pain and adrenaline work to muddy the ability to think clearly.

Even when injured motorists have to head straight to the emergency room, their legal interests are best served when they can collect evidence to support their stories and protect their rights. There are no perfect answers for this predicament, but there are some tools and tips that can make these situations easier to handle.

The Right Evidence Before and After the Accident

There is no such thing as too much evidence, but it does not only pertain to what happened at the accident. The best claims contain three basic categories of evidence:

  • General information from the accident scene: Never leave the scene without an accident report from police. Also be sure to collect contact information for all participants and witnesses. License and insurance information from all drivers is also essential and it is best to look at the actual ID cards or even take pictures of them.
  • Specific accident evidence: Capture images of the damage to all vehicles, their position on the road and injuries. Include photos of the road and even general weather conditions. Retain all damaged items within the vehicle and torn or bloodied clothing, as well. Of course, never begin vehicle repairs without obtaining permission from the insurance company or the attorney handling the legal case.
  • Ongoing documentation: The issues pertaining to an accident do not end at the moment of impact. To document what might have caused the accident, it is helpful to take notes of anything seen and heard before, during and after the collision — including overheard conversations and all official conversations pertaining to the claim. Naturally, it is essential to retain medical reports and receipts for everything, down to the costs of aspirin and bandages.

Keeping an accident tool kit in the vehicle helps ensure that evidence is captured and organized. Some insurance companies sell these kits. One from Liberty Mutual even includes a disposable camera.

There are Options When Accident Victims Cannot Remain on the Scene

Getting immediate medical treatment for serious injuries is more important than remaining at the scene of the accident. However, drivers lose out on the opportunity to capture the evidence that can help them pay for upcoming medical expenses. If uninjured passengers were also in the vehicle, they can remain at the scene to capture evidence.

Another option is to count on the resources of experienced Tuscaloosa car accident attorneys. Even after the road has been cleared, their experienced investigators can capture forensic evidence from the involved vehicles and analyze the damages to determine what happened.

Additional Resources:

How to Document Evidence after a Car Accident, DMV.org

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