If you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by another driver, you want to win your case and obtain all the compensation you deserve. How do you do this? You will need to collect evidence to prove your case.
Crucial Evidence Used in a Car Accident Case
The building blocks of your case against the negligent driver is evidence. You should begin collecting it at the crash scene. An experienced car accident attorney will know the types of evidence you need to win your case and can also help you obtain it. Here are some essential types of evidence helpful in these cases.
Call the police at the crash scene and obtain a copy of the police report. You will need it when filing your claim with the negligent driver’s or your own insurance company. It can contain helpful information, such as the contact information for the negligent driver and witnesses, narration of how the collision occurred, officer’s conclusion about its cause, and any traffic citations issued.
You should take photos right after your accident with your cell phone camera. If you are too injured to do this yourself, ask someone to take the pictures for you. Take photos of the following:
- Damage to the vehicles and their location
- Skid marks
- Road and weather conditions
- Damage to road signs and guardrails
- Your injuries
- Anything else you believe may be helpful to prove the cause of the crash
You will need the negligent driver’s insurance policy, as well as your own, to determine how much insurance coverage is available to compensate you. A lawyer can help you obtain the other motorist’s policy and review it for you.
Eyewitnesses to your wreck, especially ones you do not know and who have no stake in your claim, can be very persuasive in corroborating how the accident occurred. Your attorney will want to obtain witness statements before memories fade or disappear.
Depending on the disputes in your case, you may need to retain an expert witness to help you resolve them. Accident reconstruction, medical, and economic experts are a few of the experts commonly used in these cases.
Medical Records and Bills
Your medical records can help establish the seriousness of your injuries, treatments you need, and your final prognosis. Save your medical bills to calculate the amount of medical expenses you should be reimbursed for in your settlement.
You will need your paychecks and other documents from your employer to determine the amount of wages, benefits, and other perks of your job that you lost while you were off work recovering from your injuries. You may also need the assistance of an economic expert if you will be off work in the future, need to make a career change, or are permanently disabled.
At The Injury & Disability Law Center, we have extensive experience conducting investigations into car accidents and collecting the evidence needed to hold the negligent driver accountable. To learn about how we can assist you, call our Roswell office to schedule your free consultation today.