How to Prove a Car Accident Injury Claim
After a car accident, individuals may experience a state of confusion and difficulty in thinking clearly. The presence of first responders and law enforcement can further complicate the situation, adding to the chaos at the scene. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that some of the most important evidence is gathered during this time. Even though it may not be a top priority, filing a claim for damages and injuries sustained should be considered.
If physically able, try to collect any important evidence, including:
Photographs of the scene
As www.hodgelawfirm.com explains, taking photographs of the crash scene can be vital in understanding how the accident happened and determining who is at fault in the claim. Use your phone to take detailed pictures of the crash site from multiple perspectives. Get the condition of the vehicle, the damage it sustained, and placement of the vehicles at the scene. Take note of any debris, skid marks, or broken glass. Take pictures of any road defects or construction work that may have played a role in the accident. Be sure to document any traffic control devices such as traffic lights or stop signs that may be relevant to the accident.
The witness testimony
Get the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the accident, such as pedestrians or drivers of other vehicles. These individuals can give an unbiased account of what they witnessed and their testimony can support your version of events. This is especially important if you are not injured and can communicate with others shortly after the accident.
The police report
Obtain the name and badge number of the police officer who responds to the accident scene. Ask for the report number and how to obtain a copy, as it can be useful as evidence. Police reports are public records and contain valuable information such as the officer's assessment of fault, which can assist in resolving your claim.
The driver’s information
You should not let the other driver leave the scene without obtaining their identification. Collect their name, address, phone number, license number, license plate number, and insurance information. Additionally, if the driver was on the job at the time of the accident, also gather the name and contact information of their employer.
It is crucial to get medical attention right away after a car crash, even if the injuries appear minor. Some injuries, such as brain injury, concussions, and internal bleeding, may not be immediately noticeable and early detection can be crucial. Keeping track of medical appointments, prescriptions, and diagnostic images can also serve as evidence of injuries sustained in the accident.
Evidence of damages
In car accident lawsuits, a significant portion of the compensation is often related to damages to the vehicle. It is important to gather all of your car maintenance and service records as they may demonstrate that the accident was not a result of your car malfunctioning, and in some cases, may even show that a defective part caused the accident.