When you are hurt in a car accident, as result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you can recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost income and more. But it’s not a magic process that takes place on its own. You play a big role in determining how successful your case will be, and that starts with gathering the right evidence immediately after the crash, as well as continuing to gather evidence as it is produced or becomes available.
Drivers, Witnesses, and Vehicles
At the scene of the accident you should get all the information on the other driver or driver involved, any witnesses, and the vehicles involved in the accident. For the driver, collect:
- Legal name as it appears on their license
- Driver’s license number
- Insurance policy number and name of insurance company
For the vehicles:
- License plate number
- Make, model, color
- Name of owner if different from driver, including borrowed, rental, and company vehicles
For witnesses you should collect their names and contact information.
Photos can be very helpful. Take photos of anything and everything that could possibly be relevant. Better to have pictures you don’t need than fail to take pictures that would have been useful. Examples of the images you should collect include:
- All vehicles involved including pictures of damage to your vehicle and the other vehicles and photos of license plates and any other identifying features
- Your injuries and anyone else’s injuries – if possible
- Damage to other property or objects such as guardrails, trees, street signs or structures
- Anything that could tell the story of your accident such as skid marks, traffic signals, signs or obscured signs, obstacles or debris in road, potholes, or road construction
Your Personal Evidence
As soon as you are able, write down everything you can remember about the accident and events leading up to it. Keep a journal of how your injuries are affecting you in your everyday life. Considering asking your close loved ones to also journal about how your injuries are affecting them, especially if someone is acting as your caretaker due to your injuries.
Records and Receipts
In addition to the evidence you collect at the scene of the accident, you should collect:
- All reports from first responder including police and ambulance
- All medical records and receipts
- Documentation of cost of repair for your vehicle
- Evidence of lost income
If you have been injured in a car accident in Las Vegas or any of the nearby communities, Adam Smith Law can help. Call us today at 702-929-2289 or contact us right away.