While car wrecks happen every day, the consequences are anything but ordinary. Victims often suffer serious injuries and are left to shoulder the burden of mounting medical debts, lost wages, and other damages all on their own.
However, in this state, if you can show that the other motorist involved was entirely—or mostly—responsible for causing the wreck, you may be able to obtain compensation for many of the losses you’ve incurred by filing a personal injury claim against them. Let’s look at a few types of evidence that could help you demonstrate liability after a collision:
1. Official Accident Report
If police investigated the wreck, it’s likely that they filed a report documenting details about the accident. This report will usually contain a general description of the collision and might also include their observations on what may have happened. Not only will the insurer probably want to see this document, but your attorney might also use this information to help plan their investigation into the accident.
2. Photographs of the Accident Scene
If you are physically able to do so, you should take time immediately after the accident to snap pictures of the wreck. In addition to images of the vehicles involved, street signs, and weather conditions, you should also take a few photographs of your injuries as these could help connect your condition to the accident and provide context for your medical records. Your attorney and/or an accident reconstruction expert may be able to use images of the accident scene to piece together the events leading up to the wreck and identify the liable party/parties.
3. Surveillance Camera Videos
Many businesses have outfitted their properties with surveillance cameras, so if the accident took place in a busy area, it’s possible these devices captured footage of the moment of impact. If you noticed any cameras near the accident scene, you should note down their locations to share with your attorney.
Such footage is routinely erased, so your lawyer will need to act quickly to obtain these recordings before they disappear. Additionally, if you or someone else captured footage of the accident on a dashcam, these videos could also help you prove liability.
4. Eyewitness Statements
Whether it was another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, anyone who saw the collision happen may be able to help support your version of events. You should take down their names and contact details to share with your lawyer as he or she might want to reach out to eyewitnesses to find out whether their deposition could help corroborate your side of the story.