For a successful car accident claim, you must provide solid evidence pertaining to the negligence of the other motorist, the injuries you suffered in the accident, the damage to your vehicle, and other critical details. For example, if another driver T-boned you while turning onto Redmond Way, your evidence should demonstrate that it was the other motorist's fault.
To file a claim, therefore, it is important that you take steps to preserve car accident evidence. A few days after the accident, you may forget vital details about the crash, and may lose critical pieces of evidence. This could weaken your claim.
Physical Car Accident Evidence & Photos
After an accident, preservation of evidence should be your goal. This includes physical car accident evidence like the vehicle itself. While preserving evidence, preserve it in the same condition as it was in at the accident site.
Do not allow a mechanic to make repairs until you can properly process it for evidence. Your attorney can provide additional details about how to document your vehicle's damages and how it might establish fault.
Be sure to take photographs of the damaged vehicle and other damaged property, like a laptop damaged in the wreck. Also take photos of damaged or malfunctioning equipment at the scene. For example, if a malfunctioning traffic light contributed to the wreck, take a video of the traffic light. If the wreck damaged a sign post or stop sign, take photos of that as well.
When you return to the scene of the accident, take pictures of the scene at the same time of the day as your accident, and when traffic and weather conditions are similar, so that you have evidence that shows an accident scene that was as close to the actual site as possible. Take a number of photographs of the accident scene, and from varying angles.
Preserve Medical Records as Car Accident Evidence
Apart from physical evidence and photographs of the accident scene, provide a number of medical records and other important documentation to substantiate your claim. Preserve all medical documents related to you treatment for injuries after the accident.
Keep the following physical pieces of evidence.
- doctor bills.
- medication receipts.
- pharmacy bills.
- bills for diagnostic tests.
- bills for lab tests.
- and, other medical records.
Your doctor or other medical experts might testify about the severity of your condition and how it affects you long-term. This type of car accident evidence can establish not necessarily fault for the accident, but the extent of your damages to justify the settlement you are seeking.
Other Types of Car Accident Evidence
Maintain copies of all repair bills and invoices involving your vehicle or other property. Also ask for a copy of the traffic accident report filed by local police if they responded to your accident. Make a file of all documents and share it with your attorney.
You also ideally got contact information from witnesses who saw the accident. For example, a witness might testify that a motorist did not stop at a stop sign before entering Redmond Way, striking your vehicle you as a result. Your attorney may contact these individuals for statements. In some cases, an accident report may contain witness information.
Call a Lawyer for Help with Your Car Accident Claim
Having strong records and physical car accident evidence can help you when you decide to visit a lawyer for help filing a car accident claim. Speak with an attorney at Max Meyers Law PLLC about your legal rights. Call 425-399-7000 or contact us online to set up a consultation with an attorney who can help with preservation of evidence and other aspects of your case.