Car accident injury cases often hinge on evidence that is presented in court. The type of evidence that is presented will vary from one case to another. It is important that you gather as much evidence as possible at the time of the accident. You can also gather evidence after the accident in some cases.
What types of evidence can I use?
You can use pictures, medical records, witness accounts, and other similar evidence in these cases. The goal of the evidence you collect is to show what happened just before the accident and at the time of the accident. Even showing the result of the accident is often important if you end up having to take your case to court. If you are taking pictures of the scene, make sure you take as many pictures of as many things in and around the accident scene as possible. You might end up inadvertently getting a key piece of evidence in a picture that you didn’t think you needed.
What if I have trouble gathering evidence?
If you were seriously injured, you might have trouble gathering evidence right away. In this case, you can use witness accounts of what happened or you can document what you remember about the accident. If there were witnesses to the accident, you or your attorney can speak to them to find out what they saw. In some cases, witness information is located on police reports, so you might be able to contact the witnesses through the information provided on the police report.
When you are putting together a personal injury claim for compensation, you should be as thorough as possible. You must show that the defendant caused the accident that caused your injuries and that those injuries led to the monetary damages you are seeking.
Source: FindLaw, “Do I Need a Witness to Prove a Car Accident Claim or Case?,” Ephrat Livni, Esq., accessed Aug. 12, 2016