Evidence to Collect after an Auto Accident
If you are ever in an auto accident, it is wise to collect as much evidence of the accident and the damage that was experienced as possible.
After an accident, be sure to take pictures of the damage to all vehicles, any markings on the road, and any street signs that would have been visible at the time of the accident. This can help to both protect you against any claims that other parties might bring, as well as to strengthen your own claims.
It is important to take photos of the damage inflicted on all vehicles, not only your own. Be sure to take photos from a variety of angles in order to capture the incident. This is important if one of the vehicles in the accident is then in another accident. Having the photos as proof of that vehicle’s damage will protect you from being held wrongfully responsible for damage that has nothing to do with you. Additionally, taking photos of the damage immediately after the accident can also protect you in case one of the parties involved claims not to be responsible for some of your damages.
It is also important to take photos of the road if there are signs of how the accident was caused. For example, if the car in front of you left skid marks, that would suggest a very short brake. This could imply that the car was following the car in front too closely and, as a result, had to apply the brakes very abruptly. Another example is black ice, which could help to explain how and why an accident took place. It would be important to photograph the black ice, and any other weather-induced conditions of the road.
It is also important to photograph street signs – particularly those that may have been damaged. Sign indicating construction are important to record because cars are supposed to drive slower in construction zones. Additionally, if there was a stop sign, but it was damaged so that it could not easily be read, it would be important to photograph the sign as well.
Knowing how to collect relevant evidence after an auto accident is important. These tips will hopefully help you to be prepared for such a situation, should it ever arise. If you are in an auto accident, Abeyta Nelson Injury Law has extensive experience dealing with vehicular cases. You can call 509.575.1588, toll free at 800. 927.2845, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how we can help you.