When you’ve been involved in a car accident, you’ll need to provide proof of your damages and evidence demonstrating that the other party is at fault. There is always plenty of evidence to be collected, and the more you have, the better. Start by taking photographs, then gather together your records and receipts.
You should take pictures of:
- The collision area.
- Any damaged property.
- The vehicles involved.
- Your injuries.
- Skid marks, broken glass, and other debris.
- Damage to road signs and guardrails.
- Any defects in the road surface.
Reports, Records, and Receipts
You should obtain the following evidence as soon as possible after your vehicle accident:
- Driver information. Get the name, phone number, vehicle make and model, license number, and insurance information of any other parties involved in the accident.
- Medical records and receipts. Visit a doctor right away, and create a medical records file. Keep everything related to your medical treatments, including receipts for doctor’s visits, therapy, and medication.
- Accident report. Obtain a copy of your accident report as soon as possible. These are often available online.
- Surveillance cameras. Check to see if any nearby businesses have surveillance cameras that might have captured the crash on video.
- Vehicle maintenance records. Maintenance records can be used to prove that your vehicle was in sound mechanical condition, and therefore didn’t cause the accident.
- Work records. If you’ve missed work due to the accident, records of your absence may be used as proof of lost wages.
- Personal records. Keep a journal of your recovery with daily notes about how you feel, your pain levels, and the impact of your injuries on your life.
- Witness contact information. Gather together the names and phone numbers of any accident witnesses.
- Repair receipts. Keep any receipts for the repair or replacement of damaged property.
Get the Legal Help You Need
When you’re gathering evidence to win your case, you don’t have to go it alone. A vehicle accident attorney can assist you every step of the way. To get the help you need, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden by using the form on this page, and take a moment to order a FREE copy of Ben’s book on recovering from vehicle accidents.