12 Apr How to Gather the Right Evidence After a Car Accident
Following a vehicle crash, there are many steps you will need to take in order to receive your settlement. One of the most important steps, which is vital to winning your case, is gathering evidence. Vehicle crash evidence can sometimes be easy to collect, but it can also be a challenge, depending on the accident.
For example, if you are in a crash involving a drunk driver, the evidence might clearly be the blood alcohol concentration of the intoxicated driver. However, there are times where evidence is difficult to come by, such as in a crash case where a faulty auto part caused the crash.
Whether easy or challenging, you will need proof in order to win your case.
Collecting Needed Evidence to Prove Your Vehicle Crash Case
So, how do you go about collecting this vehicle wreck evidence? You’re in the hospital recovering from your injuries, after all. You could have someone else collect it for you. You could also have your attorney assist you with this step.
Some people choose to wait until they’ve recovered from their injuries, but this can be a problem. If it takes a long time for you to recover, it might be too late to file your case.
The statute of limitations for car crash claims is two years from the date of the accident. Additionally, waiting to gather evidence could mean that some vital evidence will be lost. Witnesses could move and you might not be able to contact them. Other evidence will be lost or decay over time. It’s best not to wait too long to gather the evidence you need.
Types of Evidence You Can Use as Proof
Each car crash case is different so the evidence needed in your case is unique. For instance, if a drunk driver injured you, the evidence might include a criminal charge against the driver. If a pothole in the road caused your accident, photos of the pothole could be used as evidence.
The following are some of the types of evidence that you could use to prove your case:
- Photos and videos of the crash or crash scene, your damaged vehicle, and your injuries
- Police and crash reports
- Testimony of a crash expert
- Witness statements
- Medical evidence
Need Help Gathering Evidence and Proving Your Case?
You’ve been through a lot already and collecting evidence following your accident is probably difficult for you. It is a vital step, however, so you will need someone to do this for you. You could have a close friend or family member assist you as best they can, or you could have a car crash expert help you—one who knows what to look for.
Obtain a free car accident claim evaluation when you reach out to Crowell Law Offices. You can speak with an attorney about your case today by dialing 916-303-2800. You can also send over the online contact form down at the bottom of this webpage.