Collecting evidence of your car wreck is a crucial part of your motor vehicle accident case. Inevitably, you are going to have to prove that you were injured, your vehicle was damaged, and that the wreck was not your fault.
How Exactly Do You Make Sure That You Are Collecting All The Right Evidence?
FIRST — always ALWAYS CALL THE POLICE. When you get into a car wreck, it is extremely important that you get a copy of the Florida Traffic Crash Report. This report will serve as evidence of the collision and also provide you (and your attorney) with important information about how this wreck happened. Having this document will make your future battle with insurance companies much easier.
SECOND — TAKE PICTURES. One of the most common mistakes that people make following a car wreck is forgetting to take pictures at the scene. If you are able, take photos of EVERYTHING. Your car, the other driver’s car, the roads, the intersection, the scene, and yourself.
Not only is it important to document the damage to the vehicles involved, but it is very important that you document your injuries as well. Take pictures of your bruises, your scrapes, your swelling, and any other kind of injury you may have.
THIRD — Did anyone WITNESS this crash? If there are witnesses, be sure to get their contact information. This step is often forgotten but is crucial to your case.
FOURTH — maintain a careful log of any expenses you incur as a result of your wreck. Making sure you have DOCUMENTS that support any claim you may make is crucial to preserving your claims in the future.
FIFTH — DO NOT POST on SOCIAL MEDIA. Whatever you do, do not post about your wreck on Facebook or Instagram. By doing this, you are creating evidence that could ultimately hurt your case.
The Defense is always looking for a way to discredit your claim, and by posting on social media, you are giving them ammunition to use against you later.
For more info on the dos and don’ts of social media watch Top Personal Injury Lawyer Joe Zarzaur’s YouTube video HERE.
SIXTH – Hire a BOARD CERTIFIED Civil Trial Lawyer to manage your case. Hiring an expert to help you navigate your injury case is the best way to ensure your case is handled the right way.
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Joe Zarzaur is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whose firm is dedicated to promoting community safety since 2007. ZARZAUR LAW’S AREAS OF PRACTICE: Serious Personal Injury, Product Defect, Auto Accidents, Cycling Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Community Safety, Boat and Jet Ski Accidents, Slip and Fall Injuries, and more. Licensed in Alabama and Florida.
If you’ve been the victim of an auto accident, it’s important that you don’t make any rash decisions. Put yourself in the best possible position to receive the justice you deserve. It is also important to consult with a Board Certified Trial lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to help you. We know accidents can be stressful and want to make the process as easy as possible for you. Call Zarzaur Law, P.A. today at (855) Hire-Joe for a free legal consultation or visit www.zarzaurlaw.com.