No one wants to think about what they will do if ever involved in a car accident. It’s a thought that conjures up too much fear, stress, and worry. The fact of the matter is you should be thinking about how to handle the moments after a car accident. You might never find yourself involved in one in your life, but if you are, it’s best to have a plan at the ready. One of the most important things to know ahead of time is how to document evidence following a car accident, according to our car accident lawyer Los Angeles.
Photos are Vital to Your Claim
The best way to document evidence following a car accident is to take pictures. This is an easy task to complete since millions of people now own smartphones or tablets, which have the ability to take photos. There’s no reason you can’t document the scene of the crash, unless you are severely injured, when you have a camera at your disposal.
Be sure you take pictures of all vehicles involved, the damage to each vehicle, the debris on the roadway, the road conditions, and even pictures of your injuries. If you don’t have a pen and paper to write down the information of the other drivers you can take pictures of their contact info and their insurance card.
Talk to Witnesses
If the accident is bad enough there’s likely to be a few witnesses who stop to make sure everyone is safe and who might also call 911. It’s in your best interest to speak with any witnesses who remain at the scene of the crash. Ask them what they saw and if they would be willing to give a statement to the responding police officers. Having witnesses who weren’t passengers in the cars involved is a big help to your case.
Your smartphone is also helpful when it comes to jotting down some notes following a car accident. Almost every smartphone has a ‘Notes’ app on it that lets you type in it like a document. Keep notes about the accident from the minute it happens until the case is resolved. The sooner you write down information about the accident the more you will remember. The further away from the date when the accident occurred, the more difficult it will be to remember the most pertinent details.
Obtain Medical Records
The medical records stemming from the car accident are important to have in your possession. Contact the doctors who examined and treated you for your car accident injuries and request copies of your medical records. These records should include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, surgery reports and any other reports surrounding your treatment. These records can be entered as evidence for any lawsuit you file against the at-fault driver in the crash.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident it is important to document all of the evidence if you are not badly injured and you can do so safely. You should then contact our Los Angeles car accident attorney to discuss your case. Call the office at 310-997-0904 today to schedule a consultation.