When it comes to recovering compensation for debilitating car accident injuries, the burden of proof lies with the injured party. If you were the victim of a collision with a drunk, distracted, or drowsy driver, you must ensure that all vital evidence needed to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages is preserved.
If the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company later disputes your claim, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to support your case. In addition to the police report and photographs of the crash scene, your lawyer might use the testimonies of medical experts, financial experts, and accident reconstruction experts to prove your claim.
If you would like to discuss your situation with a car accident lawyer in Jackson, contact Heilman Law Group. We will evaluate your case and explain exactly how we will help you recover the maximum compensation possible. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a consultation.
What Evidence Do I Need to Support My Injury Claim?
In order to successfully file a car accident claim and maximize your recovery for the injuries you sustain, there are at least two kinds of evidence that you need to gather: evidence of the accident (negligence and liability), which is typically gathered at the scene of the accident, and also evidence of the damages that you incurred.
Gathering Evidence at the Scene
Evidence gathered at the scene includes photographs and often eye witness testimony. Ensuring that a police report is made to preserve all existing evidence may also help your attorney prove negligence and liability.
If you are capable of gathering evidence at the scene, start by exchanging information with the other motorists involved including:
- Full names and addresses;
- Vehicle registration numbers;
- Insurance providers and policy numbers; and
- Driver’s license numbers.
If there were any passengers or witnesses involved, be sure to ask for their contact information. After calling the police and exchanging the information noted above, also be sure to take photographs of the scene if possible. Try to capture all injuries, property damage, skid marks, and any relevant traffic signs.
Documenting Your Damages
If you were not transported from the scene of the accident to the hospital by ambulance, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. It is vital that your attorney have medical records documenting your injuries in order to prove your damages. If you wait too long to undergo a medical exam, the negligent driver’s insurance company might argue that your injuries were caused by something else or that your own negligence contributed to their severity of your injuries.
Your attorney also may use your paystubs and tax documents to prove lost income. Other evidence might also be necessary to prove your damages, depending on the particulars of your case.
If you sustained serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision, an accident lawyer from [make firm name the logo and hyperlink to site] Heilman Law Group will help you gather all necessary evidence to support your claim. Call 601-914-1025 to schedule a consultation with a truck accident attorney in Jackson. You can learn more about personal injury claims in Mississippi by visiting USAttorneys.com.