Finding your bearings immediately following a car accident can be a tall order, and that is understandable. From making sure that you and your passengers are okay to calling 911 and processing the fact that you have just been in an accident – it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, if you intend to pursue a motor vehicle accident lawsuit against the at-fault party, then you need to collect evidence for your case.
Evidence is the backbone of any legal matter, and your car accident lawsuit will be no different. Having solid evidence against the at-fault party can mean the difference between winning your case and getting the compensation you deserve and getting nothing.
Here are some of the evidence you need to put together for your car accident claim.
Evidence from the accident scene
Even a seemingly minor crash can leave you disoriented. Regardless of the severity of the impact, it is important that you call the police to the scene immediately so they can investigate the accident and compile a report. A police report can be a crucial piece of evidence during your car accident lawsuit since it will provide insight into whom the police believe was at fault.
While you await the arrival of the police, be sure to gather pertinent evidence at the accident scene. Some of the information you need to obtain includes the contact information of the other driver, eyewitness contacts and (if possible) photos of the accident scene.
Evidence of the damages
Alongside evidence of damage to property, it is also important that you document evidence of your injuries. If you sustained visible injuries, be sure to take photos of them.
Additionally, be sure to seek medical treatment immediately so your doctor can diagnose any hidden injuries you might have sustained and have them captured in your medical report.
A car accident can leave you severely shaken. However, one of the most important things you need to do to safeguard your rights is to obtain as much evidence as possible following your car accident.