If you have been in an accident, you know the frustration of dealing with insurance companies, law enforcement and other people involved.
Evidence plays a vital role in getting the money you need to replace your car or pay for medical bills. What pieces of evidence should you get?
1. Photographs and videos
Photographs or videos may help to find a key piece of evidence in a car accident. These days, phone cameras have such excellent image quality that a picture may find the proof needed to show the other person was at fault.
However, if you lose or break your phone in the crash, any camera will do. Keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment as a backup.
2. Event Data Recorder
Most cars have a device called an event data recorder that records information before, during and after a crash. The EDR may provide information such as:
- Vehicle speed
- Brake use
- Tire usage
- Airbag activity
Virginia law enforcement uses EDR to gather evidence in a motor vehicle accident. However, they cannot take the EDR without your permission. Check your owner’s manual to confirm your car has an EDR.
Witness testimony may provide valuable information about the chronology of the crash. The statement should include what, where and how the accident took place.
Gather witnesses’ names, addresses and phone numbers for later contact by your insurance company or attorney. You can ask a witness to provide testimony to support your claims.
Knowing the evidence needed for your case may make the accident investigation and claims process easier and less frustrating.