The first few hours and days after your car accident can make or break your personal injury case. This is the period of time in which the most evidence is available, but if you fail to preserve or collect it, you could potentially leave yourself with no evidence to prove your claim.
The best way to record damage or evidence is right at the scene. Medical care should always come first, but if you escape without serious injury, try to record and document as much as you can before you leave the scene. If you require emergency medical care, have a friend return to the scene to gather evidence for you instead.
Pictures and videos work best, but be sure to take them from a variety of angles and positions for the best results. Images that show tire marks or debris that clearly indicates directional movement are very helpful. Images of the actual damage done to both the people and vehicles involved in the accident can also go a long way toward proving your case.
Photograph everything, no matter how inconsequential it may seem. If your camera has a date and time setting, be sure that it is correct when you take the pictures. If not, have a witness sign an affidavit stating the date and time you took the pictures.
Witnesses are some of your most important resources in a car accident case. If bystanders and other vehicle drivers (with the exception of the person you are suing) see the accident, take down their information and ask them to testify on your behalf.
Unfortunately, you might not have a chance to gather and preserve all of the evidence you need after your car accident. This is understandable, considering how traumatic and life-altering an accident can sometimes be. Even without all of the evidence, however, our attorneys might be able to investigate and hold the right person responsible for your wreck.
If you have been in a car accident and have questions or concerns regarding preserving evidence, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys of Denena Points, PC at 713-714-5190 or reach us online.