What Evidence Should I Gather After a Car Accident?
Tampa Car Crash Accident Attorneys
Your top priority after any auto accident is to seek medical attention. If you were seriously injured, you should not decline emergency medical assistance just so you can gather evidence. But if you are able to walk around the scene and compile evidence before visiting a hospital or clinic, you should certainly take the time to do so.
The outcome of your car accident claim will hinge primarily on the strength of your evidence. A car accident lawyer can gather evidence you might have overlooked and apply legal pressure to obtain evidence that is being withheld—for example, cellphone records and dashcam footage.
Below, we’ve listed a few examples of evidence you should compile after a car accident if you are able to do so:
1. Photos and Video Footage
Use your cellphone to take pictures of property damage, injuries, the positions of vehicles, skid marks, the weather conditions, and the insides of vehicles. If you notice any surveillance cameras in the area, ask someone on the premises if you can view the footage. Record the video with your cellphone and ask for a copy. Also, if any vehicles in the vicinity have a dashcam, ask for a copy of the footage.
2. Information from Other Involved Parties
Record the contact and insurance information of any other parties involved in the accident. Be sure to document their full name, physical address, phone number, and email address. Take a photo of their insurance card and driver’s license.
3. Eyewitness Contact Information
Eyewitnesses may be able to provide deposition regarding what happened just before and after the crash. Be sure to write down their contact information so your attorney can reach out to them.
4. Other Evidence
There are many kinds of evidence that might contribute to a car accident claim. In addition to the evidence listed above, your lawyer can help you get a copy of the accident report. Depending on the cause of the crash, your attorney may also try to access the at-fault driver’s cellphone records or blueprints of a defective auto part. Your lawyer may also work with an accident reconstruction expert to determine what happened just before the collision.
Much of the evidence that could strengthen your case might be time-sensitive. As such, you should not delay your legal consultation just so you can gather evidence. The consultation will be free, and your attorney will want to begin the investigation right away while all essential documents and other evidence can still be accessed.
Injured in a Car Crash? Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa
At Capaz Law Firm, P.A., our attorneys have many years of collective experience helping car accident victims and their families navigate the legal system. We can help you gather evidence and approximate a fair settlement amount. If the opposing party disputes your claim, we will relish the opportunity to proceed to litigation. For a free consultation, call our 24-hour phoneline at 813-440-2700 or send us a message.