What Will I Need To Prove My Case?
Get as much evidence as possible. It is very important to document the evidence as early as possible.
- Photograph the accident scene.
- Measure the length of any skid marks or gouge marks in the roadway.
- Photograph the interiors and exteriors of all vehicles involved in the accident. [Note: If you believe the injuries to you or your passengers were caused by a defect in your vehicle, such as the failure of an air bag to deploy or the collapse of your seat back, it is crucial that your vehicle not even be repaired or destroyed, until an automotive design expert has inspected it.]
- Get the name, address and phone number of anyone who witnessed the accident or who arrived at the scene shortly after.
- Check all road signs and markings at the accident scene to ensure that they meet Traffic Code Standards.
In addition to proving someone else was at fault, you need to document evidence of the injuries sustained by you and your passengers. To document damages you should:
- Photograph all areas of visible injury as soon as possible and take additional photographs during the recovery process to show the stages of recovery.
- See your doctor as soon as possible after the accident and describe every area where you are experiencing pain or having other problems.
- Keep receipts for all of your out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the accident.
- Track all the time your family or friends spent helping you, so that they can be reimbursed at the successful conclusion of your claim.