Every car crash claim demands evidence to show that an accident actually happened. It can establish the facts of the case, who is at fault and the severity of injuries or the extent of losses from which victims can seek compensation.
Knowing what proof to gather after tragedy hits can help affected parties have a solid claim and recover the damages they deserve.
Evidence can take many forms
While a victim’s testimonial can count as evidence, it often takes much more to back up a claim. Depending on the parties involved, things can become more contentious if drivers have varying accounts of what happened.
Thus, it is critical to secure as much evidence as possible, such as:
- Police report: Includes personal information and statements of involved parties, an overview of the circumstances surrounding the accident and the responding officer’s notes or observations
- Photos: Shots from different angles and distances to illustrate the cars’ positions when they collided, road conditions when the tragedy occurred, damages vehicles obtained and injuries victims sustained
- Videos: Footage from dashcams, street surveillance cameras or those from nearby establishments, body cameras and personal mobile phones
- Witness statements: Any individual in close enough proximity that can provide a neutral third-party perspective about the incident
- Official documents: Include medical records, hospital billings, medications and other applicable receipts
Depending on the particulars of a case, things can become more complex when insurance companies come into the picture. In Massachusetts, drivers must have four compulsory insurance coverages: uninsured protection, personal injury protection, bodily injury and property damage.
Evidence can make or break a case
Clear and compelling evidence can demonstrate the credibility of a victim’s story. However, it may also hurt the case if not properly collected and preserved. A legal representative can investigate to determine which evidence can build the case and move it forward. This way, they can help victims receive the fair compensation they need for physical and emotional healing.