Evidence is required to prove damages. Physical evidence can act as proof in determining liability. It may also provide insight into the degree of your injuries. At the scene of the accident, there are many details you need to capture. These might include weather conditions, road and traffic conditions, the speed and direction you were traveling at. Make sure to preserve all physical evidence such as bloody clothes or items that were damaged in the crash, such as a laptop computer or cell phone, both of which are expensive to replace.
Injuries can be documented through medical records outlining the treatment you received from a medical professional. Hospital, employment and school records may prove to be helpful as well.
Witnesses may be summoned to testify as to what they saw or, give a recorded statement to the insurance company or assist an “expert witness” in reconstructing the accident. Expert witnesses have skills and experience in determining the cause of the accident by taking into account design and human factors, which may play a role in accident causation.
Pictures can be extremely useful in proving your case. After the accident occurs, and if you are able, take pictures of everything that will help to establish what happened. These can include skid marks, weather and road conditions, damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the collision. If you aren’t able to take pictures at the scene, you may want to return a few days later to do so. Pictures should be taken from a variety of viewpoints and during the same time of day that the events occurred in order to recreate the scene as realistically as possible.