How Do You Document Evidence at The Scene of a Car Accident?

As car accident lawyers, we recommend that you document evidence at the scene of a car accident. Evidence will strengthen your claim for compensation if you are eligible. A lawyer will use this information to build your case and assess your damages, which includes medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Do Not Rely on Your Memory for Crucial Accident Details

Car accidents occur in the blink of an eye. The experience can be overwhelming. It is important to document evidence at the scene of the car accident.

Documenting Evidence Is as Simple as Taking Pictures

Most people have cell phones with cameras. This is the easiest, fastest way to document evidence at the scene. If possible, take pictures of:

  • Exterior damage to involved vehicles
  • Interior damage to affected vehicles
  • Positions of the vehicles at the crash scene including landmarks and street signs
  • License plates
  • Skid marks
  • Any debris including vehicle parts, tree limbs, or other objects that were part of the accident

You Should Also Document:

  • Driver’s license and auto insurance card of all involved drivers – you could take photos of these if you do not have paper and pen
  • Weather and road conditions
  • Time of day
  • Witness contact information
  • The speed you were driving
  • Events that led up to the accident

Why Documenting Evidence at the Scene Is Important

It is always best to document evidence rather than rely on your memory alone. Often, a photograph or a written account can refresh your recollection. Car accident lawyers recommend getting evidence at the scene before certain factors could impair your memory, including:

  • Physical and psychological injuries
  • Delays in car accident insurance claim or lawsuit
  • Prescription pain medicine

Other Evidence That You Can Use

For a small fee, you may request a copy of the official accident report from the Texas Department of Transportation. The Texas Transportation Code states that police officers must file a written report of all motor vehicle accidents that result in injury, death, or property damage over $1,000. Law enforcement officers must send these reports no later than ten days after the accident.

Keep All Documentation Including:

  • Your photos and notes about the accident
  • Receipts for tow trucks, repairs, and car rentals
  • Medical bills including emergency department and doctor appointments
  • Pay stubs showing lost wages

Insurance Companies Look for Ways to Deny or Undervalue Claims

Even if you take pictures, notes, and keep accident-related receipts, the insurance company can still make things difficult with your claim. D. Miller & Associates, PLLC have represented car accident and other personal injury victims since 2002. Sadly, it is our experience that insurance companies are difficult to deal with.

A Car Accident Lawyer Is on Your Side

As lawyers, we firmly believe that you should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence. We have recovered more than $250 million in compensation for injured and disabled people. While we cannot guarantee your personal settlement or verdict, we can promise that you will have the strength of our team and resources to pursue eligible compensation. You pay no attorney fees unless and until we are successful. D. Miller & Associates, PLLC handles all types of car accident cases involving:

  • Drunk driving
  • Multi-vehicle
  • Motorcycles, trucks, and/or bicycles
  • Hit and run
  • Road hazards

Recovering Compensation Starts with Your Free Case Evaluation

It does not cost anything to talk to a member of our team about your accident. If this is the first time that meeting with an attorney comfortable, here are a few things you will discuss:

  • Your medical bills, auto insurance information, photographs, notes from the accident, police report, and the contact information or statements from witnesses.
  • All communications including any letters or printed emails from the insurance adjuster.

You Pay No Attorney Fees Unless We Are Successful

Call (713) 850-8600 to schedule your free case evaluation.