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If you’ve been in a collision, what types of car accident evidence should you try to gather immediately afterward?
Michael Greenspan is a personal injury attorney based in White Plains, New York. In this Quick Question, he explains what you should attempt to document after a car accident.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-392-6439 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
The first thing someone should do after being involved in a car accident is to begin documenting the scene of the accident. Certain evidence exists after a car accident which can help prove how an accident occurred, what kind of damages arose from the accident, as well as who is considered liable for those damages.
For picture evidence, it is important to take thorough photographs of any vehicles involved in the accident as well as photographs of any other surrounding property which might have been damaged in the wreck. Photos of the injury itself can help prove the severity of the injury that occurred. Even photos that document the surrounding environment and weather at the time of the accident can be useful when recreating the scene.
If there are witnesses to the accident, it’s a good idea to collect their names and contact information. If they agree to it, you may even choose to record their testimony regarding what they saw. Finally, it is important to collect the contact information of the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. Names, phone numbers, insurance information, and even license plate numbers can all be helpful when it comes time to begin negotiating over damages.
Some injuries may not be felt until days or weeks after an accident, but waiting to seek care could have a negative impact on your case further down the road. Additionally, medical records proving the existence and severity of the injuries suffered in an accident can be vital evidence to a successful car accident case.
Unfortunately, this insurance company does not have your best interest at heart, so it’s important to refrain from speaking with them. The best thing an injured person can do after being involved in an accident is collect evidence as soon as possible from the scene and contact an attorney.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for car accident victims to find themselves too injured to collect the evidence discussed above on their own. When this is the case, a family member or loved one may do so on the victim’s behalf. Similarly, an attorney can also do the same thing, and will likely be able to do so more efficiently and effectively due to their experience handling similar situations. If hiring an attorney to collect evidence and litigate your car accident case sounds financially out of reach, it may help to note that these attorneys generally offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis; this means the injured party will not be required to pay a penny unless and until their attorney wins their case.
To learn more, contact Michael Greenspan directly by calling 888-392-6439 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Do you know what evidence you should gather if you're in an auto accident? We asked New York attorney Michael Greenspan in this AskTheLawyers.com™ Quick Question.
Well, the first thing you should do after making sure everybody is okay, is take photographs of the scene. We need to see what the cars look like or the other vehicles involved, what the scene looked like at the time. And what's very important is never under any circumstances do you wanna speak with a representative of the insurance company for the vehicle that caused you to be injured because nothing you say to them will be actually helpful to you, and instead it can and will be used against you in a court of law.
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