Gathering Evidence After a Car Accident
When working with a personal injury attorney to find justice and compensation after a car accident, good evidence can make or break your case. However, in the stress immediately following a car accident, it can be difficult to collect evidence that will help your case. Here is what you need to know about gathering evidence after a car accident—and what kinds of evidence can help you win your case.
The Importance of Evidence
Evidence comes into play when there is a dispute over the facts. With car accident cases, such disputes are common. For example, Driver A might claim that Driver B ran a stop light before hitting them, while Driver B insists that Driver A illegally and dangerously pulled out in front of them. While people may sometimes lie to avoid admitting fault, many car accidents happen so quickly that it can be hard to determine what happened.
Types of Car Accident Evidence
In a car accident, some common types of evidence include:
- Vehicle damage
- Position of the vehicles immediately following the accident
- Road conditions, like potholes in the road
- Post-accident damage, like skid marks or damage to a guardrail
- Video from a traffic camera or from a nearby business or home
- Witness testimony
- Police reports
These types of evidence can be very useful following a car accident. For example, pictures of skid marks on the road could show that one driver was speeding before the accident. Witness testimony is also very valuable during a car accident case, as an uninvolved party can give great insights into what happened during the accident.
So how does someone obtain evidence? In some cases, particularly in car accidents, the people involved can gather initial facts on their own. At the accident scene, they can take pictures of their vehicle, injuries, and surroundings. They can also ask nearby witnesses for their contact information. When possible, it’s important to get this kind of evidence right away. If possible, you should try to gather this evidence immediately after the car accident if you are able to, though your injuries and safety should of course be your top priority. If you are unable to get immediate evidence, consider asking a witness to take pictures and send them to you, or send a family member or friend to the scene of the accident to help while you seek medical attention.
An Attorney Can Help
Some other types of evidence like videos from traffic cameras or business security cameras, can be a little harder to obtain. To obtain these videos, injured parties might need to help of an experienced attorney, who can try to get them through a subpoena. This is yet another reason why an attorney can be a big help after a car accident or other injury.
If you are ever involved in a car accident or other injury-causing incident, remember to gather evidence if possible! Even the shortest video or the simplest picture make a huge difference.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.