Gathering Evidence In A Personal Injury Case
When it comes to finding and preserving evidence as well as documenting any injuries you’ve suffered, the first couple of days following a motor vehicle accident are the most crucial, especially if you’re going to file a personal injury claim for damages. It’s also a good idea to discuss your circumstances with a personal injury lawyer. The following are some suggestions for building a strong case:
Document your injuries – the best way to do this is to see your doctor and by taking pictures of any bruises, cuts, swelling, or other visible marks. Furthermore, include photos of bandages, casts, splints, and other medical or prescribed devices.
Go back to the Scene A.S.A.P. – as soon as you are able to do so, go back to the scene of the collision to look for any evidence and take photos or videos of any condition that you feel caused or contributed to the cause of your accident. You might be amazed by what some injury victims have found when doing this. Be sure to take photos or videos from different angles at the scene, especially what you saw moments before the collision occurred. Additionally, be sure to take those photos and videos at the same time that the accident occurred. Your lawyer will use these as evidence when you file for a claim and try to negotiate a settlement.
Locate any witnesses that you met at the scene – every witness that saw your accident can be extremely valuable when it comes to dealing with an insurance company. They can describe important aspects of the accident that could back up what you told the police as well as the insurance company and confirm your side of the story. More importantly, they may provide critical information that you might be unaware of.
Protect your physical evidence – a single piece of evidence could be the determining factor when it comes to proving which party was at fault for and accident. By “physical”, this means something that can be seen or touched, not just the description of what you believe happened. It could be something as simple as the dent on your vehicle that resulted from the collision and a paint mark from the other vehicle. Furthermore, the physical evidence that you collect could also help prove how extensive your injuries are.
Whenever you’ve suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident (or any other type of accident for that matter), it’s important that you follow the above suggestions. Most importantly, be sure to talk with ICBC Lawyers in Victoria about your accident and the injuries you suffered. They are well-versed with the nuances of injury claims and related tort laws.