COLLECTING EVIDENCE AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Whether you are a victim of a slip-and-fall or auto accident, collecting and preserving evidence after an accident is crucial.
Go back to the scene as soon as possible and take photographs of anything that may have contributed to an accident. If outside, try to photograph the area at the same time of day and, regardless of location, take photos from multiple angles. Likewise, if you have physical injuries, take plenty of photos of cuts, bruises, swelling, and medical devices used, such as casts, braces, and bandages.
Find out if any neighbors, business owners or patrons, or pedestrians saw the accident or know of other similar accidents that may have occurred in the same spot. Someone may have seen or heard something before, during, or after the accident that could help your case. Look for witnesses as soon as possible to ensure the best recollections of an accident.
Don’t throw away or wash bloody clothing or broken personal belongings, or try to improve the condition of a damaged car or bicycle. These things help tell the story of the extent of damages suffered in an accident. If you can’t preserve evidence, take photographs.
In addition to photographs, the best way to prove injury is to see a doctor so you have an official medical record. A visit to the doctor will also help prevent injuries from becoming infected or causing scars or disfigurement.
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney who will make sure you get what you deserve. If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, Brooks Law Office has 35 years of trial experience ready to go to work for you.