You likely have heard that you should take as many pictures and notes as possible after a car accident to document the damage done to both vehicles and the crash site in general. This is a good practice to help you get organized for a potential personal injury claim. Beyond photos and notes, however, there are other alternative sources of evidence that could provide some very useful additional assistance in your case.
Below are a few examples:
- Red light cameras: These cameras are increasingly common in Florida and across the country, although they are not always available. If there does happen to be a red light camera that covers even a portion of the intersection where your accident occurred, it could have recorded the events leading up to the crash or the accident itself. This can bolster your case, especially if there were no witnesses.
- Intersection records: Check the local municipality for information about signal timings, maintenance logs and original intersection plans. This can help you determine if traffic control devices are poorly timed or maintained, or if the intersection was designed in an inherently unsafe manner.
- Towing records: People often know to check the police department for a record of the car accident, but towing records can also contain some valuable information. In some cases, they may even feature observations related to the state of each driver at the time of the tow truck’s arrival.
- 911 calls: You may request audio recordings of 911 calls after an accident. This can help you demonstrate how severe the crash was or how quickly it was apparent there were injuries.
For more tips to help you prove liability after a serious car accident in Florida, contact a skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.