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Preserving Evidence After an Auto Accident

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Alabama, the first few days following the mishap are the most crucial if you want to collect evidence. During this time, you must remember to obtain as much physical evidence as possible from the scene and document it. Unfortunately, in many cases, individuals are not fully aware of how to document evidences.

© fmalot - Fotolia.comFailing to gather evidence can lead to a number of issues, to the extent that you might not even be able to prove in court that you were not at fault. You may not be able to make your personal injury claim or minimize any charges against you either. To steer clear of these problems, make sure you keep the following factors in mind.

Return to the accident site

You must return to the accident site as soon as you can to take photographic evidence of any conditions that you believe could have contributed to the mishap. Small factors, such as a malfunctioning traffic light or a worn out spot on the road, could have been missed at the time of the accident, but can play a major role in your case.

Also, make sure you capture photos of the site from different angles, especially your angle of view during the time of the accident. Ensure that you remember the event in detail, so that you can relate it to your insurance provider to get the settlement you deserve. Also, make sure you take conclusive evidence of the amount of traffic at the site and also of other accidents that may have taken place on the spot that same day.

Preserve your physical evidence

Physical evidence can be anything from a broken branch that was hanging in the path to torn clothing. It can change your case dramatically and can also serve as a proof of what happened at the accident site. You must also obtain medical treatment and document your injuries as soon as you can, because only then will your insurer believe the extent of the damage you incurred.

Gather witnesses

Returning to the scene can help you find someone who might have witnessed the event or knows of other accidents that may have taken place on the same spot. If you delay in locating witnesses soon after the accident, they may not really remember the event clearly. Even a witness who can give testimony in court that you were in severe discomfort after the accident can be of great value in making your case to your insurer.

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, make sure that you consult with an Alabama attorney as quickly as you can. A good legal representative can help you prove your stance in court and claim what rightfully belongs to you.

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