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What evidence do you need for your car accident claim?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Unfortunately, over 1 million people are injured in car accidents in the U.S. every year. On top of pain and suffering, a car accident can also result in financial losses from damage to the vehicle, time off of work and medical expenses. 

If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury compensation can help cover your expenses. 

The more evidence that you have, the greater chance of success in your case. What kind of evidence do you need for car accident claims? 

Evidence from the scene 

While your first priority should be to seek urgent medical attention if required, you may also obtain evidence from the scene if it is safe to do so. Useful evidence from the scene includes: 

  • Pictures of the cars involved in the crash
  • The names and details of anyone involved in the crash or who witnessed it
  • Pictures of the road where the crash happened and the surroundings
  • Pictures of your injuries

These details will provide information for insurance companies and the court if necessary. 

Evidence from emergency services

Where vehicles have been damaged and people have been hurt, it is highly likely that the police and emergency services will attend. All actions that the police take are noted down. They will write a detailed report which should include their opinion of how the accident happened and who may have been at fault. This evidence can be invaluable in a personal injury claim. 

Medical evidence 

After a car crash that results in injuries, it is vital that you seek medical attention. Remember not all injuries will present symptoms immediately. Scans at the hospital can pick up on underlying injuries. Medical records will give information regarding your diagnosis, treatment plan and medical costs. 

Evidence is vital in personal injury claims. It’s also important to have legal guidance on your side.