Personal Injury Claims: Collecting Evidence at the Scene
Collecting Evidence at the Scene of a Motor Vehicle Collision
When Burg Simpson’s award-winning personal injury lawyers represent you, they will begin by seeking to prove that your injuries were caused by the other party’s negligence. Your lawyers will collect the evidence necessary to clearly establish that the defendant’s actions or inactions resulted in your injuries. Your personal injury team at the firm will organize various types of evidence to support your claim.
Evidence Needed to Prove Negligence
The Police Report:
When there is a motor vehicle collision, the parties involved should immediately contact the police department to report the incident. When police officers arrive at the scene, they will obtain:
- The names and contact information of the people involved.
- The names and contact information of the witnesses.
- The exact location and/or address of the incident.
- The exact time and date of the occurrence.
- A description of what happened.
- A description of the injuries and the damages
Obtaining testimony from an eyewitness to the crash who was not directly involved in the incident can make a significant difference in the outcome of your personal injury case. Eyewitnesses can often provide valuable information about causation and who was at fault.
Documentation of the Incident:
- Photos: Following a crash, you should attempt to document the scene. Using your phone, capture the details of the damage, the position of vehicles, their location, and the surrounding areas. Photos can provide valuable information about how the crash occurred and the factors that led to the incident.
- Videos: In some areas, videos of the scene may already be available. Video footage of the incident can be extremely helpful in establishing fault in personal injury cases.
Your personal injury lawyer will seek to prove that your injuries were a direct result of the crash. To begin, they will obtain copies of all available medical records, including those from the emergency room and from the hospital for your examinations, tests, treatment, and/or surgery. They will also secure documents from the medical professionals, including doctors and therapists, who attended to you for follow-up care.
As your personal injury attorney at Burg Simpson helps you navigate the claims process, they may also seek to obtain the opinions of various experts. Experts are often necessary in personal injury matters to prove the negligence of the defendant. Your lawyer may seek to obtain expert testimony from professionals who focus on accident reconstruction, forensics, or those who specialize in medicine and health care.
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash that was not your fault, the award-winning personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson are here to help. Our lawyers will handle the details of your claim, so you focus on your recovery. Fill out a case evaluation form now or contact us for immediate assistance at 888 895-2080. Learn more about Burg Simpson and how we can help you with your personal injury claim at burgsimpson.com.
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