Evidence You Might Need in Your New Jersey Personal Injury ClaimNew Jersey Legal News
After a car accident, what are some of the first things that you might think about? Gathering evidence in your personal injury claim is one of the most important first steps that you should ever take so that you can ensure that your rights are being protected every step of the way. Without essential evidence in your case, you will never be able to obtain the reimbursement you deserve for a wide variety of losses.
However, how do you know what types of evidence are most needed in your accident case? From physical evidence to photographs to testimony from those who witnessed the accident, there are many types of evidence that will help you receive the compensation you deserve for aspects like lost wages, medical bills, and more. Today, we want to look at a few different examples of evidence that should be gathered in many cases.
Types of Evidence in a Personal Injury Claim
Physical Evidence: Physical evidence is one of the most important aspects of proving your claim due to the fact that it is evidence that you can actually physically see in front of you. Describing the events that took place at the time of your accident is important so that you can put the accident into your own words, but showing is everything as well. For instance, when the insurance adjuster arrives at the scene of the accident, they might find that your vehicle has dents showing that it was actually struck from behind by another driver, which can prove your claim that the rear-end accident led to your damages.
It is important that you act quickly following your accident so that you can preserve as much evidence as possible before it is lost forever. If your vehicle has been damaged or the other vehicle was damaged, it is important to show this before the vehicle is fixed by the insurance provider or an auto shop. Once that evidence is gone, it is truly gone forever.
Police Reports: Serious accidents should be reported to the police and never left for you to handle on your own. Officers will file a report if you have sustained one of three things in the event of your accident: property damages that are significant, serious bodily injuries, and death. The police will make up what is known as a police report, which are official documents surrounding your accident case. These will include aspects like the officer’s narrative of what led to the accident, diagrams showing the accident in action, and more. This is a useful tool for showing that somebody has acted in a negligent fashion.
Photographs: If you were unable to preserve physical evidence in the ways that we have already mentioned, the best bet for you is to photograph the damages – both to your vehicle and to yourself. Photographs are something that you can physically take and show to your attorney, the judge in your case, and the insurance provider in the case. If you have your cell phone on you after a crash, you will be able to take plenty of photographs that will show exactly what happened at the time of the accident.
The most important thing to remember is that photos should always be taken from different angles so that you can pick and choose the ones that will highlight your case exactly as it happened to you. It can also be helpful to take a video so that you have plenty of footage that you can use later on. You should never wait when it comes to obtaining photographs since evidence can fade away quickly. You should always date the photos so that somebody doesn’t accuse you of taking them at a different time.
You have a legal right to take photographs of your vehicle and the other vehicle involved in your case. There are very few barriers in your case, as the accident impacted you and you have a right to this.
Evidence of Injuries: Photographs go hand-in-hand with showing evidence of your injuries. You should take photographs of evidence, such as bruising, burns, or cuts, that show the extent of your injuries after you have been involved in an accident. Along with photographs of your injuries, however, you should also collect all medical records that show the extent of your injuries as well. Medical treatment is always necessary after a serious accident and the defendant might request copies of your records. You should keep every aspect of these records.
Why You Should Return to the Scene of Your Accident
If you have been involved in a serious car accident and you are working to gather evidence in your case, you must return to the scene of the crash. If you were immediately rushed to the hospital due to the fact that you were unconscious or severely hurt, when you are able to do so, it is imperative that you return to the scene of the crash to obtain the evidence that will help you as you make your claim. You might find tread marks that were left at the scene of the accident or debris from another vehicle all over the side of the road, showing where a vehicle might have struck you in their vehicle. You might also be able to speak with those who live or work in the area and ask them if they were there and witnessed the accident scene so that they can give their side of the story to police.
If you have been injured in a New Jersey car accident, your best bet is to speak to a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible. Working quickly will help you obtain the best results so that you can move forward. Our attorneys at Brady, Brady & Reilly have experience in these cases and will help you every step of the way as you work toward results. Please contact us for the help you deserve at (201) 997-0030.