In the aftermath of a car accident, victims are often left grappling with injuries, insurance claims and the need for evidence to support the case. Although individuals involved in the accident play an important role in collecting information, there are many other factors to consider when it comes to gathering evidence after your accident.
It is important to understand the role an attorney can play in collecting valuable evidence for your case.
Gathering digital data
The technology integrated in modern vehicles can clarify when airbags deployed, store speed data and even record braking and other response from the vehicle at the time of the accident. An accident attorney is familiar with this information and can gather these details to demonstrate the sequence of events and any contributing factors.
Insurance companies are often eager to close out claims, which can lead to premature disposal of damaged vehicles. When the insurance carrier totals your car, you can lose vital evidence if they dispose of it too soon. Attorneys play a key role in protecting the integrity of the evidence from your car. They can keep the insurance company from disposing of the vehicle before they gather the necessary information.
Today’s urban landscape comes with extensive camera surveillance. Your attorney can secure surveillance footage from the area where the accident occurred. They can often obtain dash cam footage from involved vehicles as well. This evidence is valuable for reconstructing the events.
Communicating with police
Accident attorneys can request copies of the police reports and extract vital information that an inexperienced individual could overlook. This can make a difference in your outcome.
Time is of the essence after an accident. The sooner you consult an attorney, the sooner you preserve valuable evidence. The first 48-72 hours are crucial for gathering the necessary evidence to support your case. Since the average personal injury claim after an accident in 2020 was $20,235, you need as much evidence as possible to maximize your compensation. Contact us today for more information.