After you’re involved in an auto accident, it’s important for you to preserve as much evidence as you can. It’s not always clear how to best do that, so going over the following three steps can help you be prepared if you are ever in a crash and want to protect your right to compensation.
Preserving evidence after a collision is easier now thanks to smartphones, dash cams and other devices. Here are three ideas you can use to keep evidence safe after you’re in a collision.
- Take photos or videos
One of the easiest things to do after a crash is to take a photo or video of the scene. At the time of the collision, you might feel disoriented or panicked, but taking a video captures everything that’s happening in real-time. That video can be reviewed later, helping capture the faces of people who were present, the state of the vehicles, the location of the crash, license plates and so much more.
Photos can also help you keep track of things you need like copies of the other driver’s ID or personal information.
- Write down everything you can remember
The next thing to do is to write down everything you remember about the collision as soon as you can. If you cannot write, you can take a voice memo on your phone, tablet, or other digital device. Over time, your memories of the crash will fade, but these records will be time-stamped and ready when you need to give them to your attorney.
- Get to know your witnesses
Finally, if you can, get to know the witnesses at the scene and listen to what they have to say. Knowing that someone else saw what you did and can back up your recollection of events could be the key to winning your case.
These are three ways you can preserve evidence and help build your personal injury case after an auto collision. If another driver wasn’t safe, they should be held responsible for the damage and injuries they’ve caused. Good records can help you show just how significant the damage was.