Every year, millions of people are involved in car accidents. Many of these people file lawsuits to be compensated for their injuries or to have the defendant pay their hospital bills. For accident cases, evidence is very important because it helps build a strong case and increases the chances of your lawsuit being successful. The more documents and evidence you have, the better your case will be, but what types of evidence do you need?
Evidence Supporting Burden of Proof
Insurance companies know that if a personal injury case gets to court, the burden of proof lies with the person seeking compensation. This involves establishing that the driver or the person who caused the accident was at fault. It also involves proving that the plaintiff suffered injuries or damages. To do this, the plaintiff needs evidence that shows their version of the events just before the accident, proof of physical injuries, and proof of lost wages.
Evidence from the Scene Of the Accident
After an accident, it is important to ensure everyone is ok and to call for help if anyone is injured. Next, call the police and have a police report filed. This will become a very important piece of evidence that proved the accident did indeed happen in addition to providing additional details about the accident.
You should also collect other evidence on your own. These should include all the details of the other driver, the number plates of the vehicles involved, and whether the driver is employed. In this case, also get their employer’s contact information and name.
Gathering the names and contact information of any witnesses who are willing to speak out as well as photographs and videos of the accident scene.
If you think you have a strong enough personal injury case to file, you need the best representation, so call your lawyer. In addition to helping you get started with the process of organizing the evidence collected and making a defense out of it, they will also ensure you get compensated the right amount.
Evidence of Damage
Compensation for property damage often makes up a huge portion of any compensation you are entitled to. It is therefore important to gather and keep safe all records related to car repairs and rentals while your car is at the garage. It is also important to have proof that you had the car repaired before the accident. The amount you get can increase significantly if you can prove you had increased the car’s value before it was totaled.
The other type of damage you need to document is physical injuries. You need documents that show the extent of the progression of your injuries that were caused by the car accident. To ensure you get all the records when you need them, let your doctor know that you were involved in a car accident so they know to document your injuries properly.
To win a personal injury car accident case, you need evidence that supports your claims. This is why it is so important to collect and keep safe all evidence involving the accident.