Car accidents can be shocking experiences. If you’re involved in one, you may have trouble thinking clearly or knowing what to do next. The most important thing is to check on your own well-being and the well-being of any passengers and other drivers. Even if there aren’t any severe injuries, you should always seek medical attention.
It’s also important to gather evidence after a car accident to build a strong case for financial compensation. By documenting what happened and how it affected you, you’re more likely to reach a settlement for the damages and injuries caused by the accident.
Important Evidence in Car Accident Cases
There are many types of evidence to support your car accident claim. These include:
- Photographs and videos of damages and injuries
- Police reports
- Eyewitness and expert testimonies
- Medical records
- Driver records
What Evidence Should I Gather After a Car Accident?
It can be challenging to gather evidence immediately after a car accident, as you may feel disoriented and stressed, and you may even be in pain. If possible, try asking a bystander or fellow passenger to help you collect the evidence you need. Otherwise, there are other types of evidence you can gather after the accident.
Here are some types of evidence to collect during and after the accident:
- Other driver information : Get the contact and insurance information of the other driver or drivers who were involved in the accident.
- Eyewitness information : If there are any nearby witnesses, collect their contact information in case your attorney needs to depose and question them.
- Photos and videos : Use your phone’s camera to gather visual evidence, such as damage to your vehicle, skid marks and traffic signals. Any dash cam footage can also be used as evidence.
- Communication with insurance companies : From emails to text messages, make sure to save any and all communications you exchange with your insurance provider.
- Medical bills : It’s important to seek out medical care after an accident, as an injury might not be obvious and you could experience delayed pain. Make sure to keep any bills, records and doctor’s notes related to your injuries from the accident.
- Vehicle bills : If you’re able to get your vehicle repaired or choose to do so, save the receipts.
- Record of lost wages : Your injuries or car damages may result in you having to miss work for days, weeks or months. Keep a record of any wages you’ve lost.
Do your best to keep your evidence organized. Create physical and online files or folders to keep track of everything, so you can easily access them as you build your case.
Get a Free Consultation for Your Car Accident Case
Navigating a car accident can be overwhelming, especially if your claims are disputed or your insurance company refuses to pay. Having a collection of evidence and an experienced attorney can help you build a case for financial compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at The Fell Law Firm are here to help you. We’ll learn about your situation, determine whether you have a case and guide you forward. Call us today at 972-450-1418 or send us a message to request your free consultation.