In personal injury accidents, the victim goes through tough times. When a person is injured due to someone else’s negligence, there are mixed feelings of frustration, pain, and helplessness. With a strong case, the victim can file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for damages to help them during their recovery process without having to worry about a thing.
In this type of case, as in any other legal procedure, the most crucial aspect is the evidence that you can gather of what happened. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be, and the more likely you are to obtain justice.
But what kind of evidence should we gather? Here are some examples:
- Photographs. Photographs can be critical in a personal injury case. If you have the opportunity to take pictures, do it! Take photos of the cars’ condition after the accident, what damage they suffered, and how they ended up on the street. Take pictures of the surrounding traffic signs; this can help reconstruct the accident and get an idea of what the drivers should have been doing at the time of the accident. Take photos of your injuries, and make sure the date and time appear on them.
- Physical evidence. This includes a wide variety of things. For example, the clothes you were wearing during the accident— if the injury was so severe that they are torn or have bloodstains. You can also include receipts for medical bills, medical reports, police reports, bills for any device you may have had to buy, such as a wheelchair, crutches, etc.
- Witnesses. Witnesses are also crucial to have a strong case. Anyone who witnessed the accident and who can give an account of what happened, showing that the other person was negligent, will be essential. Get the contact information of anyone who was around or from nearby businesses—in case you need to return to the scene of the accident. The more witnesses you have, the better.
- A personal description of the accident. As soon as you can, sit down and write down everything you remember about the accident, how it happened, what it was like, and what you experienced. This can also help your lawyer have a better idea of the situation.