Proving Who Caused Your Accident
Being in a serious car crash can affect every aspect of your life. Your physical health, financial security, and emotional well-being are all at risk when you’re seriously injured. That’s why proving who caused your accident is of the utmost importance.
Steps to Establish Who Caused Your Accident
Call 911 immediately after the crash if any of the drivers were injured or property was damaged. This will help establish liability for medical bills and property damage. Go to the emergency room and keep all your medical records in a safe place.
If possible, take pictures before moving your vehicle or any other damaged vehicles involved in the crash. Try to get this done before the tow truck arrives, too. This will be valuable evidence later when you file your claim and describe what happened and where the vehicles were positioned at the time of impact.
Talk to the other drivers or passengers involved in the accident about what happened leading up to the collision so that they can corroborate information you wrote down later.
Evidence Proving Who Caused the Wreck
Write down as much information about what happened as possible. Write down where it happened, when it happened, and where everyone involved was going or coming from.
Was anyone leaving a bar or restaurant? The police on the scene need this vital information in case drunk driving was involved.
Also consider if distracted driving was a factor. Do you suspect that the other drivers were distracted because they were on their phone? Tell the officer and their phone records may be used as evidence. Distracted driving is a growing problem so maybe they’ll be ticketed and you’ll get off without any issues.
Were any people around at the time of the crash? You should interview passersby or any other potential witnesses. Get their names, phone numbers, or email addresses so you don’t lose contact with them.
You should also look for silent witnesses. Dashcams or surveillance cameras in parking lots or mounted outside at nearby businesses may have silently recorded what happened and provide all the evidence you need to prove your case.
Write down anything else that may be relevant to your claim. This includes weather conditions, traffic flow before and after the collision occurred, potholes, or missing road signs.
Call Your Insurance Company and Get in Touch with a Lawyer
Finally, you’ll want to file an insurance claim. If you have been seriously hurt in an accident, you could receive compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
However, the first step toward recovering damages is proving who caused your car accident. The experienced lawyers of Greenstein & Milbauer work with car accident victims every day. Call 800-842-8462 or fill out our online form to discuss your options in a free consultation.