Gathering Evidence in a Car Accident Claim

When you’ve been involved in a car accident, deciding what the next step is may be overwhelming. However, gathering as much physical evidence as you can could play a very huge role in the success or failure of your case. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact the law office of Jacoby and Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury professionals has the knowledge and experience to offer you fine legal representation.

In order to prove that your case is valid, you will need to show concrete evidence that the opposing driver acted negligently, leading to your accident and subsequent injury. The more evidence you can gather and the more detail it has, the better chances you have of winning your case.

There are a few types of evidence that are particularly important to the success of your case. First and foremost, photographic evidence is crucial. It’s true when they say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photo evidence is one of the best and most concrete forms of car accident evidence you can obtain. Try to take pictures of the scene of the accident as is, before any safety personnel arrives. You will want to accurately capture exactly how you were hit, detailing the damage done to your car and yourself. It will also be beneficial to take pictures of any bloodied clothing you are wearing. The more pictures you get at that critical time, the better because you may not get the chance again.

A complete police report, available a few days post-accident, are also key pieces of evidence in car accident claims. The report will detail the incident from the responding officer’s point of view. Your police report will also show any traffic violations that the opposing driver may have obtained as a result of negligence in the accident, as well as any previous arrests or DUI’s on their driving record. Any of these details will only contribute to your supporting evidence.

Witness statements are also very important in car accident cases. This is because anyone who saw your accident happen, may remember details of the events that you have forgotten or didn’t see. Be sure to get all of the witnesses’ contact information before leaving the scene of the accident. If you wait until after the fact, getting in contact with the witness may be difficult and the events of the accident will not be as fresh in their mind. Be sure to take down the contact info for each witness – name, phone number, email address, and physical address.

Finally, any and all medical records from injuries obtained in your car accident will be important pieces of evidence as well. These are important in proving that the opposing driver’s negligence is directly related to your injury. The more medical records you are able to provide detailing the severity of your injuries in correlation with the accident, the easier it will be to prove your case and the more compensation you will be able to collect.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact the law office of Jacoby& Meyers, LLP NY today. Our team of personal injury attorneys has the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation while fighting for the results you need and deserve.

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