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Help Prove Your Case: Seven Types of Evidence to Preserve After an Accident

Drew Duncan
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Partner at Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP

If you were involved in an auto accident, collecting and safeguarding evidence are key to obtaining a good settlement or recovery at trial. This is important because you’ll use the evidence to prove the other driver was at fault and show the extent of your damages. It establishes that you are entitled to the compensation you are requesting. Protecting evidence starts at the scene of the accident if at all possible.

What Evidence to Gather

Proof of what caused the accident can take many forms. Documents or physical evidence that could be helpful to your case include:

  • Photographs of the accident. If possible, take pictures at the accident scene showing your injuries, any damaged or bloodied clothing, and the accident scene, including the location of the vehicles and surrounding area. If you were too injured to take pictures, you may be able to obtain pictures from passengers and witnesses.
  • The vehicles involved in the accident. You may need an accident reconstruction expert to inspect any vehicles involved in the accident to determine what caused the crash. You should find out where both vehicles are being taken after your accident. Contact an experienced auto accident attorney immediately who can preserve the vehicles, so your expert can inspect them.
  • Physical clothes. You should save the clothes you had on when the accident occurred.  Your attorney may want to use them to show how badly you were injured.
  • Police report. A police report can be helpful in listing the basic details of the accident. It can provide contact information for the drivers of the vehicles, their insurance companies, and any witnesses. The report may also note any citations that were issues to the drivers.
  • Witness statements. Witness statements should be obtained at the scene or shortly after the accident while the witnesses can be located and their memories are fresh.
  • Repair receipts. Save receipts for all work you had done on your vehicle and for any car rental to prove how much you are entitled to for property damages.
  • Medical bills. Medical bills, invoices for personal services and medical assistance, and doctor reports can document the seriousness of your injuries, the expenses you incurred, and your prognosis for recovery.

Proper Evidence Can Win Your Accident Case

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another driver, you need an experienced attorney to help you preserve the evidence in your case. We urge you to contact us today at 888-373-2992 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you.


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