You have already heard that gathering evidence after an accident can immensely help your case. Besides the police, you and your attorney may collect evidence from the scene.
No matter how small or big of an accident you had, you should try to collect evidence as soon as the crash occurs. If you can, take photos of the accident; photograph your damaged vehicle, your injuries (if you have any), the road, weather conditions, traffic signs and signals, plates of the other vehicle.
If any witnesses saw the accident and the events leading up to it can help support your side of the story. Make sure you write down witnesses’ names and video their statements. Memory would fade away after a while, so it’s essential to do this.
If you were involved in an auto accident, seek the help of a Massachusetts car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Assuming that you aren’t injured and that you can take photos of the accident, you should do it right ahead. Take your phone and take photos from various angles. Photograph the debris that happened after the crash, any traffic signals or stop signs, as well as skid marks.
Take photos of the road and road signs; it could show who had the right way and why the crash occurred.
If the other driver claims that they weren’t able to see your vehicle from their angle, take photos from their perspective. It would help you undermine their argument and show that your vehicle was visible.
Make sure to take photos of the vehicles, close-ups of the damages. This will help you prove your case if you seek a compensation claim. Perhaps the other driver has claimed that they could not see your vehicle. Don’t forget to take photos of your injuries, no matter how small they are.
When you are involved in an accident, you are legally required to stop at the scene and exchange info with the other involved parties. Never even consider continuing driving, as hit-and-run is a crime. If a driver fails to stop, try to remember their plates and notify the police about this.
If the driver stops, get their identification and contact number.
If other people were involved in the accident (pedestrians, passengers, other drivers) make sure you take their info as well. They may testify on your behalf and their testimony can confirm your assertion that the other driver was responsible for the accident. Their testimony could help you win your case and get your deserved compensation claim.
No matter how small the accident, you should report it to the police. Many people may agree with the other driver (accept money for their damages) and never report the crash. This isn’t a smart idea since the offered money may not be enough for your damages or injuries. Later, you may learn that the small crack on your car is far bigger damage. You won’t be able to collect money from the insurance company, so think well before accepting any offer.
If you report the accident to the police, you may be able to use the police report as your evidence. You don’t have to agree with everything the report says, but still, get a copy of it (it’s a public record).
It contains the officer’s assessment of who was at fault for the accident. While this determination is not final, mainly because the officer presumably did not witness the crash, it can be very convincing.
The state of Massachusetts requires you to file an accident report with the RMV and send a copy to the police. The other driver should do this, so you can take their copy as well.
Make sure you get a medical exam after the accident. Even if you feel well and have no visible injuries, make sure you do this. Some injuries aren’t visible even days after the crash. The medical report could be of great help if you seek a compensation claim. In case your injuries manifest later, you could have evidence that they happened as a result of the crash.
Our team at Soto Law is here to offer you a free consultation. Don’t go through this process on your own. The legal labyrinth may be confusing and time-consuming. Make sure you have a skilled car accident attorney by your side. We won’t let the insurance company offer you a low settlement; let us help you win your case successfully.