Everything You Need to Know About Collecting Evidence After Your Car Crash.
If you don’t need immediate assistance, perhaps you’re doing research for a friend or loved one? Being proactive and learning how to protect yourself? Or you have recently been in an accident and want to learn more about the process ahead? Either way, we’re here to educate and help you get the tools and information you need!
Types of Evidence Found at a Car Accident: Think S.N.S!
At the scene of a car accident, you have lots of options when it comes to collecting evidence. You are your best advocate at that exact moment! But, where do you start? What evidence should you gather? Here’s a quick idea for you to keep in mind: S.N.S! This stands for, Snap It, Note It and Say It!
Car Accident Evidence Tool 1: Snap It
It’s pretty safe to say that most folks own a smartphone with a camera in it…so use it! Here is a list of 10 things you should snap pictures of at the scene of your accident.
- Your car on the outside and inside from a variety of different angles
- Any other cars involved in the accident
- Property that might have been involved, such as a fence, lamppost or front-yard enclosure.
The scene, including:
- Skid marks on the road or pavement
- Debris on the road
- Objects that may have blocked the driving path
- Objects that may have impeded your view such as trees, lampposts, bushes, other parked vehicles and things that are “not supposed to be there” but were at the time of your accident
- Traffic signs that are relevant to your accident
- A 360-degree of the scene. We suggest snapping several pics in a row to capture the entire view around the accident at that exact time.
- Injuries sustained: any scratches, cuts or injuries you can immediately see
As a backup, why not keep a disposable camera in your glove box? If your phone has no charge, or for some reason is rendered inaccessible, you have a backup to assure you can capture pics at the scene.
Car Accident Evidence Tool 2: Note It
Make sure not to leave the scene of an accident without capturing all the contact information of the other drivers involved, witnesses at the scene, police officers.
What you need from other drivers are:
- Insurance policy carrier
- Insurance policy number
- Driver’s license number
- License plate
What you need from witnesses:
- Contact information
- License plate information
What you need from law enforcement:
- Badge number
- Request report
It may be next to impossible to locate witnesses at a later date, so do what you can to get information while you can. Note the contact info and insurance information of the other driver as well as the phone, email address and address for any witnesses, if they are willing to share. If you don’t have a pen and paper handy, snap pics of driver’s license, insurance cards and license plates!
Car Accident Evidence Tool 3: Say It
Here’s a big tip for you, and it has to do with what you SAY and don’t say. Avoid talking to anyone about your accident on the scene!
- Use as few words as possible.
- Be cordial but not friendly.
- Do not discuss specifics of the accident or debate fault.
- Do not admit fault to anyone.
Depending on the scale of your accident, you may be presented with the opportunity to talk to a variety of people. If law enforcement arrives on the scene, be polite and professional and comply, but do not admit fault! Play it safe and always say as little as possible… and then call an attorney to assist!
Accident Evidence: Keep it Simple!
If you have been in a minor fender bender-type accident, it is common for both parties to simply exchange insurance information and move on. It is when the accident is larger and there is severe property damage involved that you absolutely want to enlist the assistance of dd legal team! You should not:
- Sign papers
- Talk to insurance adjusters
- Talk to the legal team of other parties involved
- File an insurance claim
Instead, talk to a lawyer first. Bill Green and the Green Law Firm have been helping folks just like you through the challenging time after a car accident!
Why Is Accident Evidence Important in My Case?
Evidence is essential for one main reason – it is used to determine liability and blame for the fault of the accident. In turn, it also helps to determine how much a claim is worth. In car accident cases, the “at fault” party is the individual determined to be responsible for the accident. The person at fault is financially responsible through their insurance and personally, if necessary, for the claim.
If you have been severely injured in an accident, you may be unable to gather evidence on the scene. It is essential you secure the support of a car accident attorney who can diligently pursue evidence on behalf of your case.
How the Green Law Firm Can Assist with Evidence in Your Claim
An experienced car accident attorney and legal team can play an integral role in the acquisition of evidence for your claim by doing the following:
- Activate a team of trained investigators to review your accident scene
- Review police and medical records
- Create and initiate a spoliation letter to preserve evidence if needed
- Take pictures at the scene and site of the accident
- Access and review any available traffic camera recordings and videos that local business may have
- Reconstruct the accident if needed
- Locate and subpoena witnesses as needed
- Maintain order of all documents needed
If you have been in a car accident, let the team at the Green Law Firm help! We’ll review your case with no risk or obligation to you. Help is here! Call us at 888-800-2455 at any time or day of the week.