Collecting evidence is an important step in the process of securing fair compensation for the injuries suffered in a New Jersey car accident. Some of the evidence should be collected and documented immediately following a crash, but many important pieces of evidence can be preserved shortly thereafter.
Photographs can be powerful tools in documenting a car crash. Photographic evidence of the location of the accident, the vehicles involved, the damage done to the vehicles, and of the injuries suffered can all be useful. Returning to the crash site can be a valuable experience if many of these photos could not be taken the day of the accident. Take notes of the location, how the accident occurred, and what you were doing at the time of the crash. If possible, take photos of the crash site from many different angles and try to take the photos around the same time of day that the crash occurred.
Your vehicle should be preserved in its damaged state for an investigation and photographs should be taken of any other vehicles involved. Also, if anyone witnessed the crash, their contact information could prove invaluable. It is also important to request a copy of the police report. This report may not be used to prove liability but it will include proof that you were involved and that you were injured. In many cases, the police report will provide the investigator’s determination of how the crash occurred and who was at fault.
The knowledgeable New Jersey car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein also recommend that injured victims keep a journal of the injuries they have suffered. Write down not only the financial losses you have suffered but also how your injuries has affected your daily life. To discuss ways to protect your rights and get the compensation you rightfully deserve, please call our offices at 609-240-0040. We always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.