What Evidence is Most Likely to Get Overlooked at an Accident Scene?
When it comes to an accident scene, evidence is the best thing to have on your side when you want to file a claim. However, without knowing exactly what to look for, you may overlook some important details.
When you’re hurt and seeking care, it’s easy to overlook evidence. But that evidence can also be key for your claim. A car accident lawyer can help you understand exactly what you need for your case and take action to help you recover from your injuries.
Gathering Evidence from an Accident
It is crucial to have plenty of evidence to support your accident case, which means that you don’t want to forget to collect anything. When you’re at the scene, you are likely going to be frazzled, which unfortunately may lead to overlooking crucial pieces of evidence. A lack of evidence can leave you without the compensation you’re due for your economic and non-economic damages.
Though it is normal to have these heightened emotions and lack of clarity, you will want to do what you can to build your case even before you decide whether or not you may have a claim. Consider collecting the following pieces of evidence, both at the scene of the accident and after you have left:
- Photographs – If you have a camera available, such as your phone, take pictures of the scene. Consider the weather, skidmarks, damage to both vehicles, road signs and traffic lights, and your own injuries. If you think there is something important at the scene, take a picture of it.
- Police Report – Whenever there is an accident, a police officer is required to be on the scene to file a report. You may need to pay a small fee to access the report, but the report of the accident is available to the public and could be an asset to your case.
- Witnesses – Whether it was someone walking, in their car, or watching from a window, a statement from a witness could play a key factor in your case. Having another first-person account of the accident could help the court determine the blame.
- Records – If you have been unable to work or have had to pay medical bills due to injuries, make sure you keep all of your records. Records of money loss are essential when it comes to deciding your fair compensation.
- Property Damage Estimates – If possible, obtain estimates of the property that was damaged. This will help to determine your fair compensation.
To be fairly compensated, your goal will be to determine that the other party was at fault for the accident.
Take on Your Accident Case with an Attorney
If you have been injured or your property has been damaged due to an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. However, you will need the proper evidence when crafting your case.
The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo are here to help you with your accident case. We’re ready to begin with your case, from your initial free consultation to your compensation. Give us a call at 561-659-6366 or fill out our online contact form for more information.