Evidence in Car Accident Cases
The aftermath of a car accident is a stressful, chaotic time. Seeking medical treatment for serious injuries is the most important concern, but, when possible, making sure that proper evidence is preserved at the scene may be critical to ensure that a legal claim is possible. The Miami car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon assist victims throughout the entire duration of their recovery process following a crash. From the initial investigation and gathering of evidence in car accident cases until settlement negotiations and any necessary litigation, our firm offers seasoned and compassionate representation for people throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, including in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.Gathering Evidence in Car Accident Cases
When you have been injured in a car accident, receiving prompt medical attention is first and foremost. But, if at all possible, there is certain evidence that should be collected in order to aid in the pursuit of potential legal action. Whenever there is any significant physical injury or property damage, police should be called to the scene. A detailed police report may be useful to determine who was at fault for a collision upon an immediate investigation.
Photographs or videos of different aspects and items involved in a collision may be important to help an accident reconstruction expert determine what happened. For instance, documenting tire skid marks, the position of the vehicles involved, any property damage, and your injuries may be used as evidence in any necessary legal action.
The names, insurance information, phone numbers, and license plate numbers of the drivers involved in the accident should be recorded. Any passengers’ names and phone numbers should also be gathered, as well as other witnesses’ names, phone numbers, and brief accounts of what they saw. All records of hospital or doctor visits, physical therapy, and other medical treatments sought should be retained as well. Records of missed work are also important to show the impact that your injuries had and help determine the proper damages appropriate to compensate you for your losses.
All of this evidence may be utilized to establish another driver’s negligence and show their responsibility for the injuries resulting from a car accident. Negligence is present when a driver acts unreasonably under the circumstances, causing a collision and resulting injuries. For instance, photographs of the vehicle’s position and tire marks may indicate how fast a vehicle was traveling and whether or not excessive speed played a part in causing the crash. More than one person may have been negligent in causing a collision. Even if a victim is found partially at fault for their own injuries, legal action is still an option. In Florida, damages are awarded in proportion to each party’s degree of fault.Discuss Your Car Accident Claim with a Miami Lawyer
If you have been injured or lost a loved one as a result of a serious car accident, the Miami attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you pursue the proper legal action. Damages available to victims injured by a negligent driver may include medical expenses, lost income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and options, call (877) 499-4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer.