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Importance of Preserving the Evidence after a Car Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 1, 2014

Proving the cause of a car accident is an important part of the claim process. Having the evidence necessary to establish that you were the victim of a negligent driver can make the difference between getting fair compensation for your losses and having your claim denied. Therefore, securing and preserving evidence can help bolster your case.

Preserving evidence and documenting your injuries is a great way to increase your chances of getting the help, support, and financial compensation you need. If you have been involved in a Seattle car accident, make sure you:

  • Collect information at the scene. Take photos of any conditions that may have contributed to the accident and look for any evidence that may aid the investigation. You may be surprised to find that a traffic light is not working or that a large pothole is near the crash site. Take photos of where the crash took place from multiple angles and look for other physical evidence such as debris.
  • Preserve the evidence you have. Instead of repairing your vehicle, preserve it for a complete inspection. You may want to request that the vehicle of the other motorist is preserved as well. Damage to the car, however, is not the only physical evidence that can prove useful. Keep your torn and bloodied clothing as well. Take photos of it so that you have proof of your injuries.
  • Contact the witnesses. Testimony from individuals who saw the crash can have immense value during the claim process. Have the witnesses write down everything they remember about the crash right away so that they do not forget important details.
  • Keep records of your injuries. Seek medical attention for your injuries right away and take photos of your wounds as they heal.

Every piece of evidence that you have can go a long way in helping you secure fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other related damages. Without evidence to back up your claim, the insurance company of the at-fault driver may deny responsibility or offer you an inadequate settlement. Please contact an experienced Seattle car accident lawyer who will guide you through what can be a complex process and help you avoid the pitfalls that can endanger your injury claim.

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