You’re an experienced and conscientious driver, taking every possible step to ensure your safety and that of other road users. Unfortunately, not everyone shares this mindset. You’ve been caught up in a collision that was caused by the negligence of another driver.
In such a scenario, you may want to try and obtain compensation for your injuries, medical costs and lost wages. This is possible but not always easy. One way you can strengthen your claim is to gather as much evidence as possible. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind.
Evidence from the scene
Your first priority should be to get medical treatment for your injuries. If you are able to, you might think about gathering evidence from the scene. For instance, you could request the name and details of anyone else who saw what happened. They may later be able to testify on your behalf. If it’s safe to do so, take some photographs of the scene and the damage to your vehicle.
Evidence of your injuries
You are filing for compensation based on your injuries, so the more evidence you have of these the stronger your case will be. If you have visible injuries, you can take photos of them so that they are on the record. However, the best form of evidence you can present to the courts is medical reports. Your doctor should be able to let you have copies of these or at least pass them on to the relevant parties with your consent.
Don’t forget, you may also be able to claim for any emotional trauma you have suffered. Psychological issues after a road traffic collision are very common and they have the potential to be debilitating. To give yourself the best possible chance of obtaining justice, be sure to seek some legal guidance.