While every car accident claim is undeniably unique, all those that end up yielding a payout have one thing in common: they’re supported by lots of evidence. If you were seriously hurt in a wreck, you’re going to have to compile proof of both liability and damages before you can seek compensation.

Although the most valuable pieces of evidence will come down to the facts of the case, you should be prepared to present most, if not all, of the following over the course of the proceedings:

1. The Police Report

Chances are the insurance company won’t even start processing your claim until they receive a copy of the police report. Even if this document fails to identify all those who were at fault—or contains details that are merely conjecture on the part of the responding officers—you’re probably going to have to use it as the foundation of your claim to commence the proceedings.

2. Photographs of the Scene

Accident reconstruction experts are trained to determined how and why a crash occurred by reviewing the placement of the wreckage. As such, photographs of the scene could prove integral to your claim.

3. Eyewitness Testimony

Statements from those who witnessed the collision—e.g., passing motorists, their passengers, and nearby pedestrians—could provide some insight into what happened. They could also corroborate your own telling of events, which will serve to bolster your claim.

4. EDR Data

Nowadays, most vehicles are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). Often referred to as “black boxes,” these devices log more than a dozen operational variables while the vehicle is in use. In the event of a wreck, their data will reveal everything from seat belt usage to brake application in the moments leading up to the crash.

Of course, since EDR logs almost always implicate those who were to blame, obtaining them can pose a challenge. As long as you turn to a resourceful personal injury lawyer, though, you should be able to apply the legal pressure needed to secure this data.

5. Medical Records

Your nursing logs, hospital bills, and other associated records will serve as the basis for your damages claim. In order to be eligible for compensation, you must prove that you incurred actually losses as a direct result of the liable party’s negligence.

If you sought prompt medical care, the corresponding records should establish as much. If, on the other hand, you didn’t, you’re going to have to supplement your claim with additional documentation. You may need to consult a relevant specialist, for example, who can confirm that your injuries are consistent with the impact, even if they weren’t diagnosed until several weeks later.

Speak with a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

At Capaz Law Firm, P.A., we have the knowledge, resources, and experience to put together strong personal injury claims on behalf of our clients. If you were hurt in a wreck through no fault of your own, let us handle the logistics of your claim so you can focus on your health. To schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident attorney in Tampa, call 813-551-3907 or fill out our Online Contact Form.