Steps for documenting evidence at the scene of a car accident
Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 28, 2014 in Car Accidents
The days and weeks after a car accident may seem like a blur. Between trying to deal with medical issues, the impact on work and family matters, there's a lot of room for challenges to spring up. Throughout all of this, victims may have some important obligations to fulfill.
As we covered in a blog post from June 2014, seeking medical attention and swapping insurance information are some of the very first steps accident victims should take in order to protect themselves. However, there may be a couple of other steps to take in order to ensure that victims' rights are protected.
If any civil action is pursued in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, the details of the case will be of paramount importance.
Any personal injury claim related to a car accident will be primarily focused on two points of interest: the circumstances surrounding the crash and any harm or damages that resulted from the accident. As such, details regarding both of these issues will need to be clearly recalled by the victim.
As time passes, people naturally forget the exact details of life events -- even if they are as significant as a car accident. Keeping this in mind, victims should try to be diligent about recording the circumstances surrounding their accidents. Of course, medical concerns might make this difficult, so it may be helpful to seek a trusted friend or loved one to provide assistance.
As victims look to document the details and effects of an accident, here are some things that could be useful if kept in writing:
- The exact events leading up to and after the crash.
- The circumstances surrounding the accident, including weather conditions, time and any potential witnesses.
- Medical treatment received as a result of the crash.
- The full impact of the crash on victims' personal and professional lives.
Remember that any missed details could provide opportunities for at-fault drivers or their insurers to avoid liability.
If further evidence or information is needed, then additional investigation may be necessary. An experienced attorney would be able to help ensure that all the necessary components of a strong case are in place, which could include seeking the resources necessary to bolster personal accounts of events.
Source: FindLaw.com, "Take Notes About the Incident and Your Injuries," accessed July 28, 2014