Proving fault in a personal injury accident can play a key role in seeking compensation for your injuries and losses.
While it may seem challenging, there are several ways for an injured person to establish fault and build a solid personal injury case.
1. Gather eyewitness statements
Speak to individuals present at the scene who saw what happened. Their firsthand accounts can provide valuable insight into the sequence of events, contributing significantly to your case. Ensure you document their names and contact information for future reference.
2. Photographic and video evidence
In today’s digital age, capturing visual evidence is easier than ever. If possible, take clear photographs and videos of the accident scene, the vehicles involved, any relevant road signs or traffic signals and your injuries. Visual evidence can vividly illustrate the circumstances of the accident and any hazardous conditions that contributed to it.
3. Police reports
Call the police to the scene to document the incident. Obtaining a copy of the official police report can be a vital piece of evidence. These reports typically include details about the accident, statements from involved parties and the officer’s assessment of who was at fault.
4. Medical records
Seeking immediate medical attention after an accident is important for your health and your case. Medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans and bills can establish a direct link between the accident and your injuries. This evidence can help demonstrate the severity of your injuries and the extent of medical care required due to the incident.
Every year, 25.5 million Americans go to the emergency room for unintentional injuries, many of whom have to deal with long-term consequences from an accident. Bolstering your case with evidence may help you get the compensation you deserve.