If you are injured in a car accident, it’s essential to gather evidence documenting the scene of the crash and all factors involved. Proper evidence may help insurance agencies, law enforcement officers and attorneys better understand who was at fault for an accident. The following are several ways to secure evidence to support your potential claim:
- Call law enforcement: Once you ensure the safety and wellbeing of yourself and anyone else at the scene, you should call the police. Police reports detail the officer’s understanding of what took place at the scene and may include accounts from witnesses. These reports are public and you may request a copy at any time.
- Photos of the scene: It’s quite helpful to have photographic evidence of your car accident. Following the crash, use your phone or camera to take pictures of the scene from every angle. Be sure to capture any street signs, traffic lights, skid marks and other details that may be relevant to your case.
- Photos of all vehicles: You will also want to take photographs of all vehicles involved in your auto accident. This includes close-up and far-away photos of your vehicle, along with other motorists’ cars. Double check that you have clear pictures of all areas in which each vehicle is damaged.
- Contact and insurance information: It is standard protocol to exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers involved in a car wreck. Additionally, if there were any witnesses near the scene of the accident, ask them to share their contact information with you. Reliable witnesses can be valuable as you move forward with an injury claim.
For further legal guidance after a serious crash in Florida, speak with an experienced Bradenton auto accident attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.