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The Best Evidence to Help in Your Car Accident Claim
Many people believe that everything that happens after a car accident is cut-and-dry because the evidence you provide has to be taken at face value. However, the evidence that you give as hearsay may not be as beneficial as you expected. As such, you will need various types of evidence to prove your claim. You want to be prepared and collect evidence that will be useful to you as quickly as possible.
Evidence That is Useful in Car Accident Claims
Photographs of Accident Scene: Many people’s first thoughts following an accident are to seek medical treatment, and this is extremely important and true. However, if you have a phone or camera handy, there is one other thing that you should not forget before you leave the scene permanently: photographs. Taking pictures of the accident scene can preserve information that will be useful to you later on down the line.
Make sure that you take pictures from all angles, including up close and from far away so that you can show the court many different images and put them in your shoes. You should also take pictures relating to the accident scene including skid marks left on the road, pictures of traffic control devices, and the damages done to your vehicle. A picture could be worth everything and make or break your case.
Photographs of Vehicles: Of course, the photographs of your vehicle and the other party’s vehicle will tell a story in itself. An insurer will look at close-up photographs of damages and make a detailed report of how an accident occurred and how fast each driver may have been traveling at the time.
Contact Information: As long as your accident was not a hit-and-run where the other driver flees the scene, you should always obtain detailed contact information from the other driver and their passengers. Some of the most important pieces of information that you should collect include the name and addresses of those involved, license plate numbers, car registration, and insurance card information. If you believe that anybody around the area may have witnessed the accident, you should collect their information as well. They could play a huge role in your claim if they want to give eyewitness testimony in your case.
Police Reports: If the accident involved serious damages or injuries, police will almost likely always come to the scene of the collision. You have the right to request a copy of a Florida police report because obtaining a copy of the report is one of the most important things that you can do in your case.
The police report will state important aspects that could play a huge role in your case including the officer’s conclusion about who is at fault. You have a right to these copies and you also have a right to amend the police report if you think any information is false or missing. It is important to do this quickly with the help of your attorney.
How Attorneys Can Help After a Car Accident
The aftermath of a Florida car accident can be a challenging thing to face on your own. Our attorneys at Sheftall & Associates have assisted numerous victims who have been harmed due to the outright negligence of another party. We believe that evidence is one of the most important aspects of your claim as you work toward the compensation you deserve. If you have been harmed due to the reckless acts of another party, please contact our Florida accident attorneys at (904) 638-7712 for the help you deserve.