How Do You Preserve Evidence After a Car Accident?
Posted: May 6th, 2020
Being involved in a car accident is devastating, to say the least. An accident can happen in just the blink of an eye. Everything is happening very quickly, unfortunately this can lead to crucial evidence being lost. The very first step to take of course is to ensure the safety of yourself and your passengers. Once the safety of the passengers is settled, you can follow a few steps to not only at the scene of the accident but also after the accident. Doing so will hopefully preserve important evidence if and when you decide to file a car accident claim in the future.
Actions to Take at the Scene of the Accident
Accurate Police Report – Do NOT accept blame. An accurate police report is one of the most important steps in preserving the evidence at the scene. While answering questions, it’s important to keep your opinions out of the answer and list only facts.
Photograph the Scene - Ensuring you have photographs if possible, is critical. These may be extremely useful later on, be sure to capture images of all vehicles involved, any road signs around the accident and location.
Seek Medical Attention – If you need medical attention, take care of that as quickly as possible. No matter if you are taken to the hospital via ambulance or you feel well enough to drive yourself, seeing a doctor immediately is important. Be sure the doctor is documenting and pain, injuries, discomforts you have like neck and back pain. Also be sure to tell them you were involved in a car accident.
Contact Information of Involved Parties – Be sure you have all the contact information you need, name, phone number, driver’s license number, employer information. Gather the contact information for the other driver, passengers or any witnesses that saw the accident.
Car Accident Lawyer in Melbourne, Fl.
Car accidents claims can be complex matters. Contact the Mayer Law Firm immediately. Once you are working with a lawyer you can direct all insurance representative inquires to your legal representative. The insurance company will likely reach out to you directly in an attempt to record a statement, and reach an early settlement. The main reason to avoid talking with the insurance company directly or an insurance adjuster is simply that they are not on your side. They do not work for the victim of the car accident; their job is to ensure the insurance company get the best deal and pays as little as possible towards any claims. Additionally, until you speak with your legal representation avoid signing any documentation, this may enact a waiver of your rights to even file a claim after the accident.
At the Mayer Law Firm in Melbourne, your recovery is most important, as is the compensation you deserve. You may be able to get compensation for medical bills, lost earning, future earning, pain and suffering, and other damages. We know you likely have many unanswered questions; we are here to guide you along the way while we fight for your rights. Contact us today.