What Do You Need to Prove Your Car Accident Claim?
Being involved in a car accident can be frightening, and bringing forward a claim for the compensation rightfully due to you can be even more stressful. This is particularly true when you have to deal with insurance companies and the accompanying red tape. Here are several things to have on hand to help prove your car accident claim, making it easier to build a solid case.
1. Photos of the Accident
At the scene of the accident, take photos if you are able to. If not, have a friend or even a passerby take photos. You don’t need a fancy camera — your smartphone will do. Take many photos of the accident, even before the cars are moved, to illustrate how the accident may have occurred.
2. Your Medical Records
Naturally, seek medical attention immediately after the accident, even if you don’t feel like you have been badly hurt. It’s important to be screened for minor injuries and major injuries that you may not be showing signs of yet. When you do seek medical treatment, ask for a copy of everything, including labs, imaging results, doctor’s reports, and bills. Your medical records will show how you were injured, the extent of your injury, what your medical expenses are now and what they may be in the future.
3. The Testimony of Any Witnesses
If there are witnesses at the scene of your accident, obtain their contact information if possible. While some witnesses are able to stick around for an interview with police, others aren’t able to. However, if you are able to get their name and telephone number, the police or your attorney can try to contact them to secure their testimony. Witness testimonies can be very powerful in court to help piece together what may have caused the collision.