Being involved in a car crash can be a devastating experience. In some cases, those involved are fortunate enough to avoid personal injury, but it may be a different story for the car. In extreme cases, damages to your vehicle might be accompanied by injuries to your person. Either way, car accidents are unfortunate occurrences, and we all try to avoid them as best we can.
But, however much we wish it were otherwise, car crashes happen every day. For those of us who have recently experienced one, legal recourse may be available. To seek compensation for damages or an injury, you’ll need to build a strong case. To do so requires that you collect as much evidence about the accident as you can.
Proof of Fault
In order to prove that you were not at fault, you must collect evidence which places fault upon the other driver. This evidence will come directly from the scene of the accident.
The best thing to do after crash is to file an official police report at the time of the accident. A police report can provide reliable legal information for later use. This information will include contact information, the date and time of the crash, and the weather and road conditions. If any witnesses were present, a police report may also include them. These witnesses can then be called upon later to testify. A police report will also include a description of any injuries caused by the crash. Additionally, valuable photographs of the scene, damages, and injuries will be included in the report.
Proof Needed for Compensation Purposes
In your legal case, the at-fault driver will be held liable for damages and injuries sustained in the wreck. To receive your due compensation, you’ll need to collect further evidence.
For example, you’ll want to show what damages your vehicle sustained as a direct result of the crash. You’ll also want an appraisal of these damages to determine how much it will cost to fix them.
You should also gather evidence outlining any recent repairs or maintenance done on your vehicle. If you recently invested money into your vehicle, you may be entitled to more compensation for this loss. To prove this, you will want to find any receipts for recent work done to your car.
If applicable, you will also need documentation of any medical procedures and bills accrued. If the other driver is at fault for the accident, they may be held financially liable for your injuries. If your injuries affected your ability to work, you may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages.
For these reasons, you’ll need to keep records of relevant medical information. This kind of evidence will include medical appointments, procedures done, and their costs. It may also require proof of lost wages.
Need Help With Your Atlantic City Car Accident Case?
Car wrecks are stressful, to say the least. If you have recently experienced a car accident, jumping straight into collecting evidence is probably the last thing you want to do. However, our Atlantic City car accident attorneys can help make this process easier for you. We know what documentation will make for the strongest, most successful case.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your particular situation. You can reach us by phone, (609) 348-1106, or online via our case review form.