Accident Victim Can Take Evidence! Is It Valid For Claiming The Compensation Process?
Getting into a car accident is a confusing and scary experience. Even in the midst of these situations, many people involved in car accidents collect evidence from the scene. This evidence can take many forms, and it can protect a car accident victim, particularly if the other party was at fault. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you secure the compensation you are entitled to. Let our Charlotte car accident attorneys get to work on your case today.
What evidence can you gather yourself?
Checklists – they are the last thing you want to think about when you are in a car accident. However, there are many things that you should do after you are involved in an accident. After getting medical care, one of the first things you should do is gather evidence, much of which could be useful for an insurance claims process.
What evidence will help?
- Photographs. Using your smartphone or some other camera, you can take photographs of any damages, causes of the crash, injuries, traffic patterns, weather conditions, and more.
- Eyewitnesses. You should gather the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses. You can also record their initial statements about what happened.
- Police/accident report. This will not be available right away, but you should ask the police officer how and where to obtain a copy. This will contain the officer’s assessment of what happened, including their finding of who was at fault in the crash.
Does this evidence matter for your claim?
Yes, the evidence you gather at the scene can be used to help your claim. When you make a claim with your insurer (or when dealing with the other driver’s insurance carrier), they will use the evidence you have gathered to assist them with the claims process. First-hand evidence can be incredibly helpful. In the aftermath of a crash, memories will fade, and stories about what happened will change. If the other party was at fault, they might initially accept blame but then change their minds. The evidence you gather can help prove the story.
You should still consult with an attorney. Your attorney will be able to gather additional information in the aftermath of a crash that will also help your claim.
Let us help you through the claims process
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another person, secure legal assistance today. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we will work to gather the evidence necessary to secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Compensation for your medical bills
- Lost wages if you are unable to work
- General household expenses
- Possible physical therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent driver