How Should I Gather Evidence after a Car Accident? 4 Tips from a New York City Personal-Injury Attorney
- August 23, 2016
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Shock, anxiety, hysteria – these feelings are common in the aftermath of a serious accident. Your heart may be pounding and your thoughts racing, but it is important to remain calm. Your statements and actions can have a direct impact on your ability to make a successful personal-injury claim.
After any crash, your top priority is to seek medical attention. Call the police – even if it appears that nobody suffered injuries. Sometimes it takes several hours or days for the symptoms of an injury to manifest.
You should also gather evidence to help your accident lawyer prove liability, negligence and damages. Keep these four tips in mind:
- Contact the police;
- Record witnesses’ contact details;
- Take photographs of the accident scene;
- And visit a doctor.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A personal-injury attorney in New York City will evaluate your crash to determine if you have grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, lost income and noneconomic damages.
Call 212-221-5999 to schedule a free initial consultation with an accident lawyer from Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. Until then, read on to learn four tips to help you collect evidence after an accident:
- Contact the Police
If someone was injured, ask the police to contact emergency medical services. Even if nobody appears to be injured, you should still call the police so an officer can compile an accident report.
This report will contain important information about the crash such as the time, date, vehicles involved, people involved, injuries, property damage and cause of the collision. Your accident lawyer may use this report to prove liability and negligence.
- Record Witnesses’ Contact Details
Witnesses often see important details about accidents that the drivers involved do not notice. As such, you should record witnesses’ contact details because your personal-injury attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim.
- Take Photographs of the Crash Scene
Take photographs that show the positions of vehicles, skid marks, traffic signals and markers, property damage and injuries. Be sure to enable your camera’s “timestamp” function to record the date and time of each photo.
- Visit a Doctor
Even if emergency medical services arrive at the scene, you should undergo a follow-up exam with your doctor. Be sure to mention every part of your body that feels pain. For example, if you feel neck and back pain but you only mention your back pain, then it may be difficult for your personal-injury attorney to tie your neck pain to the accident.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a crash with a negligent driver, contact Antin, Ehrlich & Epstein, LLP. A New York City accident lawyer will evaluate your case, gather evidence, and help you pursue the maximum compensation.
Our attorneys have been representing the injured for more than 75 combined years. Call 212-221-5999 today to schedule a free initial consultation.