Following an auto accident, it’s a good idea to think like an investigative reporter, gathering as much information about the scene as possible. In fact, the more evidence you collect, the easier it will be for your auto accident attorney to negotiate a favorable settlement on your behalf. At the scene of the accident, you can use both written documentation and pictures to collect all of the information you need.
The insurance claims adjustor’s job is to minimize your settlement. As a result, he or she will question the evidence included in the police or accident report. The best way to strengthen your accident claim is by taking pictures of all the damage to your vehicle. If you don’t have a camera on you, you can use your cell phone to take multiple pictures at different angles. Be sure to also take pictures of any skid marks, road obstructions, missing signs, potholes, or anything else that contributed to the accident.
Recording Details on Paper
Once you’ve taken lots of pictures, you should start writing down the events of the accident on a piece of paper or making notes on your phone. If your case ends up in court, there will likely be months between the accident and the trial. As time goes by, you will be less likely to remember the minor, but important, details of the accident. If you take notes, you can better remember the road conditions, the speed you were driving, or any distractions that were nearby. If other motorists were involved, you should write down their names, addresses, phone numbers, driver license numbers, and insurance information. Also make note of any witnesses’ names and their statements.
Presenting Your Evidence
Whether or not you will need to present evidence to your insurance company depends on how your claim is handled. However, if you eventually have to present evidence, you can use the pictures and notes you took at the accident scene.
If you’re involved in an auto accident in Maryland, it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. At Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law, we offer a fair, honest assessment of your personal injury case. Call (301) 840-0404 to schedule a consultation.
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