Gathering Evidence at the Scene of an Accident
If you were involved in an accident and suffered a bodily injury, it is important to take certain steps to collect and preserve key evidence from the scene of the wreck in order to enhance your legal position, if a personal injury claim needs to be filed.
Here are some steps you should take after a collision.
1) Take Pictures or Video of the Auto Accident
A picture is worth a thousand words. Nowhere is this more important than at an accident scene. This is because there are different versions of the story, and it could be an uphill battle for the judge or jury to determine what really happened. Pictures and video are important items of evidence that help to show the truth of the matter.
You can easily use your phone camera to take pictures. Try to take the pictures from multiple angles. You should take close-up pictures and pictures from far away.
You should take picture of the skid marks on the road. This is very important as experts can use this to recreate what happened during the accident. Take pictures of the traffic signs at the scene of the accident. With the pictures of the traffic signs, you can easily tell who ran a stop sign or red light.
The other driver might claim that he or she could not see the accident scene clearly and that was what caused the accident. You can either prove or disprove this if you take pictures from his or her own point of view.
You also need to take photographs of the other vehicles involved in the accident. You should take the pictures while the vehicles are in the position they were in after the collision. If there is just one vehicle involved, take pictures of this vehicle.
2) Get the Contact Information of the Other Driver and Witnesses
You should not let the other driver leave the accident scene without getting his or her contact information. If the accident is a hit-and-run, you should not chase the other car. Instead, just take down the license plate number, if possible, and report it to the police.
The testimony of neutral witnesses is important in helping to determine what actually happened. So, if there are other drivers or pedestrians at the scene, make sure you get their contact information.
3) Police Reports and Other Official Reports
You have the right to request access to the police report. Make sure you do and go through it to be sure it reports the events from your point of view. Although the police officer was not at the scene of the accident when it happened, the conclusion he or she draws as to who caused the accident can be quite convincing to the court.
If you notice anything missing in the police report, get your car accident lawyer to help you rectify it.
You also have the right to request the report the other driver made to the Department of Motor Vehicles. By obtaining this report, you might be able to point out inconsistencies in the other driver’s testimony and hold him or her liable for the accident.
Contact an Experienced Houston Auto Accident Attorney Today
If you or a family member suffered a serious injury in a car wreck and have questions about your legal rights, take action now. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free, confidential case review 713-221-6800.