Gathering Evidence of a Car Crash
When attempting to recover compensation after a car accident, strong evidence can make or break the case. Unfortunately, collecting evidence is often the last thing on a person’s mind after being involved in a serious accident. This is where an experienced car accident attorney can make all the difference, so if you or a loved one were recently involved in a car crash and need help proving that someone else was at fault, please reach out to our Maitland car accident lawyers for help.
Types of Car Accident Evidence
The strength of a car accident victim’s evidence comes into play when there is a dispute over the facts, which is relatively common in car accident cases. The most common types of evidence used in demonstrating fault in these instances include:
- Photos of the damage sustained by the vehicles, which can reveal points of impact and the speed of travel prior to the crash;
- Photos showing the position of the vehicles immediately after the crash;
- Photos showing the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident;
- Photographs and measurements showing post-collision damage, including skid marks, guardrail damage, and any damage to nearby property;
- Videos from traffic cameras or nearby homes or businesses;
- Police reports; and
- Eyewitness testimony of other drivers or bystanders who saw the accident occur.
All of this evidence can be used to determine who was at fault for an accident. For example, measurements and pictures of skid marks on the road could help prove that one of the drivers was speeding prior to the collision, while witness testimony can be used to confirm or contradict the parties’ version of events. Video recordings are often the most convincing forms of evidence in car accident cases, as they show an objective view of what happened. Even these recordings, however, could come into question if they are not properly authenticated, don’t provide a clear picture of the events, or were taken at a poor angle.
While it is possible for car accident victims to gather some evidence at the time of their crash, such as taking pictures of the accident scene and obtaining contact information of eyewitnesses, the collection of some kinds of evidence can be more difficult to obtain. Collecting the footage from traffic and business security cameras, for instance, usually requires that a subpoena be served on the city or at the owner’s place of business. To learn more about the steps involved in collecting evidence after a car crash, please reach out to our legal team today.
Call Today for an Opinion on Your Case
To speak with an experienced Maitland car accident lawyer about investigating your own crash, please call Goldman Law, P.A. at 407-960-1900 today. You can also request an appointment online by completing one of our brief contact forms.