Tips for Preserving Evidence After an Auto Accident

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Tips for Preserving Evidence After an Auto Accident

Immediately following an accident, make sure you, your passengers and the other driver are safe. If necessary, call for medical attention and take precautions so other motorists do not hit your disabled vehicles.

State Farm suggests drivers carry a set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares in the trunk to alert traffic in case of an accident. You can also engage your car’s hazard lights.

After securing your safety and medical well-being, you should immediately begin preserving evidence that supports your legal claim. Steps you can take at the accident scene and in the days following the crash include:

  • Obtaining an official police report — Call 911 if any of the drivers or passengers requires medical attention. Otherwise, call the appropriate number for the police department that covers the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. A police officer creates an unbiased account of the accident — an important piece of evidence in the civil court. Your insurance company might also need an official report to satisfy your claim.
  • Taking photographs at the scene — Your cellphone likely comes with a camera feature. If possible, snap photos of both motor vehicles’ conditions positions in relation to one another and other relevant factors, such as skid marks. In addition, photograph anything that might have contributed to the accident — for example, tree growth covering a stop sign or road debris littering the highway.
  • Recording your medical treatments — Keep track of your medical treatments, including relevant dates and the names of doctors, diagnostic tests, treatment types and pharmaceuticals. Consider creating an accident file to store information in an organized manner.
  • Getting your own auto repair quote — The types and extent of damages to your car may demonstrate liability and affirm your injury claims. In addition, you might refute the insurance company’s assessment of how much your property damages claim is worth.
  • Notifying your insurance company — You should notify your insurance agent as soon as practicable so the company can begin processing your claim. Most policies have a deadline for notifying the insurer about an accident.
  • Consulting with an auto accident attorney in Savannah  — The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years. However, you should consult with an auto accident attorney as soon as possible so he or she can thoroughly investigate your case and gather valuable evidence.

Additionally, do not admit fault to the other driver, the police officer or other witnesses. What you say at the scene of the accident can hurt your legal case. In fact, you may feel bad about what happened, but not be at fault legally for the accident.

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Immediately following an accident, make sure you, your passengers and the other driver are safe. If necessary, call for medical attention and take precautions so other motorists do not hit your disabled vehicles.

State Farm suggests drivers carry a set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares in the trunk to alert traffic in case of an accident. You can also engage your car’s hazard lights.

After securing your safety and medical well-being, you should immediately begin preserving evidence that supports your legal claim. Steps you can take at the accident scene and in the days following the crash include:

  • Obtaining an official police report — Call 911 if any of the drivers or passengers requires medical attention. Otherwise, call the appropriate number for the police department that covers the jurisdiction where the accident occurred. A police officer creates an unbiased account of the accident — an important piece of evidence in the civil court. Your insurance company might also need an official report to satisfy your claim.

  • Taking photographs at the scene — Your cellphone likely comes with a camera feature. If possible, snap photos of both motor vehicles’ conditions positions in relation to one another and other relevant factors, such as skid marks. In addition, photograph anything that might have contributed to the accident — for example, tree growth covering a stop sign or road debris littering the highway.

  • Recording your medical treatments — Keep track of your medical treatments, including relevant dates and the names of doctors, diagnostic tests, treatment types and pharmaceuticals. Consider creating an accident file to store information in an organized manner.

  • Getting your own auto repair quote — The types and extent of damages to your car may demonstrate liability and affirm your injury claims. In addition, you might refute the insurance company’s assessment of how much your property damages claim is worth.

  • Notifying your insurance company — You should notify your insurance agent as soon as practicable so the company can begin processing your claim. Most policies have a deadline for notifying the insurer about an accident.

  • Consulting with an auto accident attorney in Savannah  — The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years. However, you should consult with an auto accident attorney as soon as possible so he or she can thoroughly investigate your case and gather valuable evidence.

Additionally, do not admit fault to the other driver, the police officer or other witnesses. What you say at the scene of the accident can hurt your legal case. In fact, you may feel bad about what happened, but not be at fault legally for the accident.

Topics:  Bodily Injury, Car Accident

Published In: Personal Injury Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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