Some of the most critical pieces of car accident evidence after a collision in Dallas are right at the scene of the crash. If you are involved in an accident, the first step should be to get immediate medical care for your injuries. If you are able, collect car accident scene information that can help you establish fault for the collision.
If you require medical care, a friend or family member at the scene may be able to collect evidence. The police may collect evidence that you can use in an accident claim.
What car accident evidence can I collect at the scene?
While you’re at the scene of the accident, obtain the following pieces of information.
- Contact information of the other motorist(s) involved in the accident including names, telephone numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers and other details.
- Contact information of the other motorists’ insurance companies, including carrier names, policy numbers and other details.
- Names and contact information of any witnesses at the scene of the accident, including phone numbers and email addresses.
- Weather and road conditions at the scene of the accident. Take photographs if possible.
- Photographs of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, presence of traffic control devices or signs, and any damage to other structures around the road (signs, buildings, etc.).
- Information about the Dallas police officers who responded to the scene of the accident, including badge numbers, names and phone numbers.
Evidence Collection Doesn’t End after Leaving the Scene
Even after leaving the scene of the wreck, continue collecting evidence that establishes the other driver’s fault and presents a clear picture of your damages. This means contacting the police department that responded to the wreck and acquiring a copy of the accident report. The report could contain crucial details regarding fault and liability.
Also document your injuries by photographing physical bruises, lacerations or other injuries. Your medical records are also important to document. Keep copies of medical reports from any emergency treatment received at the scene or in the emergency department, as well as any ongoing medical care you receive.
Also be sure not to give the insurance company any evidence by posting messages or photos on social media that the insurers might misconstrue to indicate you were liable or are exaggerating your injuries.
Why do I need to collect this car accident evidence at the scene?
Retaining important car accident scene information is vital. Officials will clear away the scene within a couple of hours. You may find it difficult to locate eyewitnesses who were at the scene and who could have provided valuable testimony. A defendant might argue that if you take a witness’s testimony months after the accident, his or her memory of the accident might not be as clear as if you recorded the testimony shortly afterwards.
Once you document this car accident evidence from the scene, you can use it to file a car accident claim. The more information you have about the Dallas crash, the better. If, however, in spite of documenting evidence, your insurer refuses to pay damages for which you are eligible, get in touch with an attorney who can help you deal with the insurance company.
Speak with an attorney at the Law Office of Julie Johnson about how you can recover the compensation that you deserve by presenting appropriate evidence. We can help collect additional evidence like medical reports, witness testimony, and seek expert witnesses if necessary. Call us at 214-290-8001 or use our contact page to set up a consultation.