The Importance of Gathering Evidence After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Once an accident occurs, the scene can quickly become chaotic. Things tend to escalate quickly as witnesses, medical personnel, and others emergency personnel arrive at the scene of the accident to ensure the safety of everyone involved and move toward prompt cleanup. While things tend to be over in what feels like an instant, it is important to keep focused as the scene of the accident is the most valuable time to obtain evidence. After an accident, be sure to gather the following types of evidence:

Witness Statements

Eyewitness testimony is invaluable in cases where the fault of each party is not clear. At the time of an accident, take note of whether there are any eyewitnesses that can provide an account of what took place. If so, it is important to obtain a written statement from any individuals present while the details are still fresh in one’s mind. Details that will provide information as to the fault of any involved parties are key including how the accident occurred, whether any warning signals were given such as a car horn, flashing hazard lights or high beam lights. You should also be sure to obtain the name, address, email address, and telephone number of any individuals who provide statements.

Photographic Evidence

It is also important to take photographs of the accident scene. Photographic evidence is a powerful tool that can paint a picture of the accident and serve as evidence in the event you file a personal injury claim. The attorneys at Colombo Law recommend taking pictures of any injuries to yourself and passengers, as well as any damage to the vehicle. Photographs help document every change in your vehicle such as:

  • Dents and dings;
  • Shattered windshields;
  • Deployment of airbags;

You should also be sure to obtain photographs of anything that will show what the weather conditions were like at the time of the accident. It is imperative that you understand the importance of photographic evidence. Photographs have helped substantiate the extent of the damages, helping to settle cases in many instances.

Evidence of Damages

If a lawsuit is initiated, successful parties may be able to collect general and special damages. For this reason, it is important to keep record of your damages. After an accident you should seek medical treatment to determine the extent of your injuries. Unfortunately, many individuals are injured in an accident but are unaware until the days and weeks following the accident when aches and pains begin to appear. Take detailed notes of what occurred during doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and other appointments. If you miss any work as a result of the accident, you should also keep a detailed account of this information.

Colombo Law: Your Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Colombo Law. Our attorneys are available to help walk you through the process of a personal injury claim and help assist make the best decision for you and your family.

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by Colombo Law
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