How To Gather Evidence After A Car Accident

How to Gather Evidence After a Car AccidentIn the immediate aftermath of a vehicle collision, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take. The first step, of course, is to assess your physical health. Taking a moment to breathe and focus on your body, scanning for any feelings of pain or discomfort, is critical. It is important to do this before trying to move, as attempting to move with a neck or spinal cord injury may make it far more serious.

If you are able to safely move around, this is a critical time to gather evidence that can help support your case. Assuming both parties have insurance, the liable party’s insurance company will offer a settlement to cover the accident-related costs for the non-liable party. However, the determination of liability is not always clear-cut. In complex collisions and multi-car accidents, determining liability can sometimes take weeks or months. The more evidence you can gather, the more likely you are to be able to expedite the determination of liability and get the coverage you need as soon as possible.

Photograph Everything

It is important to take pictures after an accident. Taking them on your phone is fine. Most people know to photograph the damage to their vehicle, but in addition to photographing all vehicle damage (and corresponding license plates), it is also important to take photos and video of the scene of the accident. If there are any skid marks, it is important to photograph these both close up and far away, as they can be helpful in reconstructing the accident. It is also important to photograph any traffic signals and signage as well as its proximity to the collision. Photograph the license, registration, and insurance information of all drivers involved in the crash, as you are likely to be shaken up after the crash and may make mistakes in copying the information down by hand.

Collect Witnesses

If any drivers stopped to assist you after the accident, or if there were any bystanders who saw it happen, be sure to get their contact information so that you can pass it on to the insurance company. They can serve as witnesses and provide their account of events. This can be helpful because many times it is just the conflicting word of both drivers, so having third-party witnesses can help to resolve the case more quickly.

If you have been injured due to an accident that was not your fault, you do not have to shoulder the burden alone. Whether it was the result of a trucking accident or an aggravated assault, the experienced Central Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at HAWM Law are ready to help you fight to get you the compensation to which you are legally entitled. It is important not to waste any time, as Florida has statutes of limitations on how long you have to bring a personal injury claim.

Talk to the Police

When you make your police report, make sure to be thorough in describing any pain or physical discomfort that you are experiencing after the car accident. Many people expect to experience some minor pain or discomfort following an accident, so they do not mention it. However, this pain often develops into something more serious, and having a paper trail originating at the accident helps to ensure coverage. It is also important to follow up with a medical assessment as soon as possible after the crash, even if you do not believe that you are injured. Not all injuries are immediately apparent, and sometimes even serious injuries are not physically obvious. Going to a doctor as soon as possible after the crash creates documentation of any pain or discomfort you are experiencing and shows the insurance company that your injuries were serious enough to warrant immediate medical attention.

Talk to a Lawyer

If you have been injured in an Orlando car accident, you do not have to navigate the process alone. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at HAWM Law today and schedule a consultation to find out how we can help get you the compensation that you deserve.

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