Preserving and Collecting Evidence After an AccidentMississippi Legal News
Automobile accidents take many by surprise, leaving immense physical damage on vehicles as well as drivers and passengers. You may find your mind racing, panicking, having no idea what to do and how to handle the current situation. Whether due to injury or panic, you may overlook crucial parts of accident investigation, and understandably so. Regardless, collecting evidence can make or break a settlement case for an accident.
What materials work as strong and solid evidence for an accident, and how can you preserve them? How might these pieces of evidence help prove the severity of an accident and who lies at fault? Some evidence can be simple for anyone to collect—but you must be stable to do so. You might need support from professionals, friends, or family to help collect vital information in your place.
Even if you may never truly be prepared for an accident, you should always prepare for the possibility of one.
Taking and Preserving Photographic Evidence
As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, and photographs can provide more information than any testimony. Taking photographs of an accident can provide some of the most accurate and consistent evidence possible. In many cases, numerous and recent photographs can be more valuable pieces of evidence than any testimony.
Unlike the faultiness of human memory, photographs—especially in a digital age like today—are not time-sensitive. They can be copied, reprinted, zoomed in, and catch and reveal details that the human brain might overlook. Additionally, multiple photos capture different subjects of an accident, including the scene itself, injuries, property damage, and other details. Photographs can also capture details of the location that can wholly change perspectives, including road signs, streetlights, and traffic markers. Ideally, the best photographs you can capture would be wide-angle photos that collect as much information in a single shot.
Naturally, you might be severely injured to a point that you cannot physically take these images. Above all else, you should prioritize seeking medical attention, but how else can photographic evidence be collected? You may consider reaching out to close friends and family to help you collect the necessary images. Additionally, the police might take photographs while filing police reports but are not required to do so. Ideally, you or someone close should take your own photos as soon as physically possible.
Factual and Testimonial Evidence and Information
Though photographic evidence can provide a great amount of information and insight about an accident, you must provide more. Due to this, many states—including Mississippi—require that all accidents must have a police report filed by law. A police report will contain a lot of vital information like road conditions, possible traffic violations, and drivers involved. After an accident, law enforcement will typically gather statements from all parties concerned to be used in court.
On top of factual evidence, you will want outside evidence such as testimonials and eyewitnesses. Eyewitnesses can be critical in your personal injury claims because they might have perspectives no photo could capture. These witnesses can include other drivers or nearby pedestrians who can confirm what they saw. The best way to collect these witnesses is by asking people at the scene.
Other Types of Evidence
Though most legal cases rely heavily on photographic evidence and witness testimonies, other possible factors and objects can be used. Every case varies since every accident differs in a unique manner. Additional evidence might include physical objects, financial bills, and medical records.
Some cars endure minor dents, but others end up totaled and become completely inoperable. Typically, these cars end up “junked”, but preserving them might end up benefiting your case. Even if your car still functions properly, checking it before repairs help prove damages in accidents. Having this documentation can strengthen your claims in court and applies for more than cosmetic damage. Sometimes, accidents transpire due to mechanical failures out of your control that you will need to prove.
Accidents can cause a great deal of turmoil—such as severe injuries, or even lost income or jobs. You can prove this by saving medical records, x-rays, bills, and even paychecks to present in court. You might not ever imagine these being useful as evidence, so you should save all documentation after an accident. By educating yourself on legal regulations of car accidents, you can prove the physical and psychological damages left behind.
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost an important family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at 601-487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.