Collecting Evidence After a Car Crash

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It can be daunting to know what to do if you’ve been in a car wreck. If you’re able to, it’s a good idea to immediately try to gather some evidence after a car crash so you can protect yourself in case you need to pursue legal action.

Ben Dominguez is a Houston injury attorney with Ben Dominguez Law Firm. He has 20 years of legal experience. In this video, he explains how to document essential information after a car accident.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5244 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 you should do if you’ve been in a car wreck: seek medical attention.

After being in a car wreck and if you are able, move to a safe location and call the police. Await medical care to give you the all-clear or to take you to an appropriate medical facility where your injuries can be properly tended to. Beyond creating an avenue through which you can get immediate medical help, contacting law enforcement is also a good way to preserve evidence and witness testimonies at the scene. This can also prevent third parties from getting involved, speaking to law enforcement prematurely and possibly swaying the tone of their report.

What kind of evidence should you gather?

It’s important to collect evidence as soon as possible after the wreck. Types of evidence of pictures of both cars and the surroundings, videos, and witness contact information are vital to building your case. Don’t forget to ask for the other driver’s information as well. Ask for their name, phone number, address, and drivers’ license. One of the easiest ways to get this information is to take a picture of their drivers’ license, which will have all but the phone number on it already.

If you are unable to collect evidence yourself, try to send someone to do so on your behalf.

It’s possible you may be receiving medical care immediately after the wreck, in which case it’s wise to send a friend or family member to the scene in order to record the evidence discussed above. Be specific when asking them what to collect, observe, and preserve. Keep the evidence collected for your case in a safe place where you are unlikely to delete or lose it. If you choose to open a case against the other driver, you will be glad you kept that evidence on hand.

If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, it’s a good idea to contact an experienced attorney.

Personal injury cases are complicated. They generally involve multiple parties, such as the other driver and their insurance company, and each party usually has their own idea of what happened. An attorney will be able to tell you exactly what evidence to record and what to do with that information. A good attorney will take care of the complexities of the case, protecting your interests so you can focus on healing and recovery. If you’re not sure if you can afford an attorney, there’s good news for you. Most personal injury attorneys work on contingency, which essentially means you don’t pay if they don’t win.

To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5244 or by submitting a contact form on this page. The consultation is free and confidential, and you owe no out-of-pocket attorney fees.

Video Transcript:

Christine Haas:
All right. This is another quick question from AskTheLawyers.com™. Do you know what to document after you’ve been in a car crash? We asked Houston attorney Ben Dominguez.

Ben Dominguez:
I always tell my clients whether it’s on Facebook when I communicate on social media, for instance, take pictures of the accident scene, take pictures of the car and definitely get the information of the other driver. The driver’s license, name, the address, which is on the license and the phone number. Those pieces of information are very critical to preserving any future evidence.

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