What You Can Do to Document Evidence for Your Car Accident Claim
Evidence is extremely important for a potential legal claim, including a personal injury claim. With car accidents, you are looking to prove how the negligence of the other driver caused damage to your car and any physical injuries that you suffered. If you are not in need of emergency medical care after an accident, you can use your cell phone or a digital camera to help document evidence for your claim.
Take Photos of Skid Marks
While the police will most likely measure the skid marks and mention the length of it in reports, but not always. Therefore, taking pictures of any skid marks left by involved vehicles is important to potentially prove something in your favor, like you tried to avoid the accident. In other words, your photos can be valuable evidence that your accident lawyer can use to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Take Photos of the Street Signs and Street Conditions
Taking photos of the conditions of the weather, like wet or dirty conditions, can be helpful as proof of contributing factors to the car accident. Make sure that you take pictures of street signs, or possible landmarks, to document the location of the car accident.
Injuries to You or Passengers of Your Vehicle
To further support your claim to the insurance company or in court, take photos of any physical injuries you or your passengers suffered if at all possible. Provide copies to your lawyer, too.
Damage to the Vehicle
Use your cell phone or digital camera to take photos of the damage to your vehicle. Most smartphone or digital cameras create a timestamp or date stamp that will appear on the photo or as part of the file name. This can show the time and date of when the photos were taken. You should also take photos of the other vehicle, even if you don’t see any damage. As with any type of evidence, it is important to provide these photos to your attorney.
Importance of Backing Up Photographic Evidence
Make sure to back-up the pictures to a thumb drive or a cloud drive because cell phones could become corrupted, photos accidentally erased, or the cell phone may stop working. Creating a back-up helps protect your photo documentation.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact an attorney right away. Legal claims may be filed only within a specific amount of time after a car accident. Call the experienced accident lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today to discuss your potential for financial compensation.