If you are involved in an accident, it is likely you are confused, injured, and unsure what you should do next. While the first step is to seek medical treatment for your injuries, if possible, you also need to preserve any evidence you can.
Some of the evidence you should gather and provide to your attorney include:
You, or someone at the scene, need to take pictures of the area, damaged property, vehicles involved, and any injuries that occurred. It is also wise to look around for exterior surveillance cameras which may have captured the accident.
Any damaged property – including your vehicle – is also part of the physical evidence you need to collect. When it is time for your vehicle to be towed, make sure to find out precisely where it’s being taken and ask the tow truck driver to keep it as is until it can be examined. If the accident resulted from a defective part, an expert mechanic may need to examine the vehicles to make the assessment.
You should seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. It is important for you to tell your healthcare providers about all injuries related to your accident for treatment and documentation purposes. It may also be helpful to keep a journal about your injuries, the pain you experience, and the difficulties your injuries cause in your life.
Several important pieces of evidence have to be gathered after an accident. The police report is one. This will list all the essential details from the police officer’s investigation and note if any citations were given to either driver.
The police report typically contains contact information for witnesses to the accident.
It is also essential that you keep track of all your medical records. When it comes to paperwork, you should make sure to keep and provide to your attorney the following:
It is important to provide all information related to your accident to your attorney. Please contact the experienced attorneys at The Law Offices of Brian Timothy Meyers to further discuss preserving the evidence in your case.