Experiencing a car accident can be a harrowing experience. There are numerous emotions involved that can bring your stress level to a fever pitch, including fear, anger, and perhaps, sadness that your body, loved ones, or even car, are not in great shape. Most people like to focus on the immediate when it comes to car accidents. However, sometimes focusing on immediately what is in front of you is not ultimately what is the best thing for you; sometimes you most focus on what the future will bring. As such, you need to worry about any legalities involved with your car accident. Included throughout the course of this brief guide, you will discover what sort of evidence you will need for your car accident if you decide to take the case to a court of law.
Photographs of Accident Scene
First and foremost, make sure you are healthy and well – that is the most important issue. If you are in a condition to take photographs of the accident scene, do so immediately. It is always handy to have a camera on you, but in the age of smart phones, most people have one readily available on their phone. Make sure to take an ample amount of photographs of the scene, including close ups and shots where you can visualize the totality of the accident.
Take the shots from several different angles, as well. If either vehicle left skidmarks at the scene of the crime, take photographs of them. You should take photographs of the skidmarks from a wide angle so that the entirety – or most – of the accident scene is still visible. If you can, make sure that you get a shot of any traffic signals and stop lights that were present at the scene.
If other drivers have access to their cameras, ask them if they can take photos of the scene, as well. You may also want to take photos from where that person is standing or parked, so the court can visualize whether or not people would be able to witness much, if anything, from that particular angle. Making sure that you have an ample amount of photographs from a variety of different standpoints and angles is imperative. It might be the deciding factor in deciding the issue of fault.
Photographs of Vehicles
It is also imperative to not simply take pictures of the scene itself, but also of the vehicles involved in the auto accident. Again, it is important to show a number of different angles and closeups for this case. Make sure that you get closeups of all the portions of the car where damaged occurred; again, it is important to take photos of both carse. Or, if the accident was a "pile up," make sure that you get photos of all of the vehicles that were present in the accident.
There's a lot an insurance agency and court can tell from these photographs. They can usually contact an expert who will tell them the angle at which the car was hit and the speed that the car was going when it collided with another vehicle. This is all imperative when determining fault.
It is important to get the contact information of all the drivers involved in the situation in case the matter is taken to a court of law. In addition to getting all of the driver's information, it is imperative that you also make sure that you get the contact information of any witnesses that reported the crime, as they too can provide a benefit to your court case.
There are certain pieces of evidence you will have to bring to court. Hopefully, this brief article has informed you of a few such items. For more information, work wiht an experienced attorney from a firm like The Jaklitsch Law Group.