After a car accident your safety and well-being should always be your top priority. Medical care and your safety should always take precedent over the opportunity to gather information or evidence. However in the event you are well enough to gather evidence there are several things you will want to try and document. These next steps can be extremely helpful in the event you pursue a car accident injury claim.
Photographs and/or Video Evidence
Most of us have smart phones which provide you with the ability to take photographs and video. If you are able to take photographic or video evidence of the crash scene, it is highly recommended and can be advantageous if you plant to pursue a personal injury claim. Take photos of the other car that was involved from different angles, damage to your car, road debris, skid marks on the road, the roadway from different angles, any damage to guard rails, etc… Your safety is the top priority, so if you choose to take photos or videos of the accident scene, please make sure you are not taking any unnecessary risks to capture this evidence.
Video Surveillance from Nearby Buildings
Know your surroundings. If your car accident took place near buildings, there is a chance that a video surveillance system may have captured the accident. Document the businesses in the vicinity and reach out to them to see if their surveillance system captured the accident, and if so obtain a copy.
Always report the crash. When the police arrive on the scene of a crash involving injuries a FL Traffic Crash Long Form is filled out by the investigating officer. The long form will include (date, time, name, address, phone number, insurance information, vehicle information, diagram of the scene, accident statements by all parties involved, witness information, officer information, etc…). This is important because you have an unbiased 3rd party documenting facts of the accident.
In the event there is a witness to the car accident and the witness confirms your version of the accident, it would be helpful to have the witness provide his or her contact information and what they observed to the police. Many times witnesses will leave the scene of an accident, it would be useful to capture the witnesses name and phone number for possible future reference, in the event it is not captured on the police report.
Statements of the Other Driver
Many times the driver that caused the accident may speak to you at the accident scene. If this occurs pay close attention to what is said, how the accident took place and what they did to cause the accident. His or her statements may be permissible if a personal injury case is pursued in the future.
Gainesville Car Accident Attorney
When you are involved in an automobile accident with injuries, you will face a number of challenges. Get an experienced car accident attorney on your side. Each personal injury claim has its own challenges and an experienced attorney will help you navigate those challenges.
Laurie Mitchell has been representing car accident victims for almost 30 years. She is uniquely qualified as she is both a licensed nurse and attorney. She has represented thousands of accident victims and recovered millions of dollars for her clients’.
If you have been injured in an accident, you can be facing a lot of uncertainty from physical injuries, medical bills, lost wages, etc… and it is important to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side that is there to represent your best interests and to help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call The Law Office of Laurie D. Mitchell today for your free consultation (352) 371-9828. There is never a fee or costs unless you win.