After a car accident in which you were injured, it’s important to gather as much evidence as you can. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our West Palm Beach car accident lawyers will use the evidence you gather, as well as evidence we gather during our investigation, to build a strong case on your behalf and fight for the full compensation you deserve.
“Gathering evidence” seems like a complicated process that’s best left to the professionals. However, there is a lot you can do on your end to help your attorney build their case. It’s important to understand, though, that not all evidence is admissible in court, meaning some of the evidence you might gather can’t be used in your case.
Nevertheless, the more evidence you can gather, the better. If you have been involved in a wreck, speak to an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney today by calling 800-916-8108 or by filling out our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation.
1. Pictures You Take at the Scene of the Accident
After your wreck, you should do your best to take as many pictures as you can at the scene. Use your smartphone to snap photos of the damage to both cars, the collision itself, your injuries, road and weather conditions, nearby traffic control devices like traffic lights and stop signs, and other elements that may have led to the wreck.
In addition, get a picture of the license plate of the other car. If possible, take a photo of the other driver’s license as well. That way, the other driver can’t say later on that they weren’t involved in the accident. At the very least, exchange insurance information with the other driver. You should also try to get contact information from any witnesses you can find.
2. All Records of Your Treatment
It is vitally important you seek medical treatment as soon as possible after your West Palm Beach car accident. Ideally, you should call for an ambulance at the scene of the wreck. That way, you can be evaluated by a medical professional without delay. At the scene, the EMTs can help you determine if you need to get emergency care.
If it’s determined you don’t need emergency care, you should still visit your doctor as soon as possible to be evaluated for further injuries. Your doctor and the emergency room staff can create a record of all of your injuries and treatments that were prescribed to you. This can be invaluable to your case.
3. Expenses You Incurred
The most common compensation awarded in car accident cases is for real economic losses you suffered as a result of the wreck. In order to prove these damages, you will need to show evidence that you lost real money. This may include your medical bills, invoices for car repairs, receipts for out-of-pocket expenses, pay stubs to show lost wages, and more.
Under Florida’s PIP no-fault insurance laws, you can only seek compensation if your expenses are above $10,000. While this seems like a high standard, consider the fact that hospital bills can run up to $50,000 to $100,000 or more if you suffer serious injuries. Keeping records of all of your bills and expenses can help your West Palm Beach car accident lawyer formulate a number to present to the insurance company in terms of compensation.
4. Official Records of the Wreck
Finally, you can gather official records of the accident, with the help of your lawyer if necessary. When you call the police after your collision, they will create an official report of the incident. It’s within your rights to get a copy of this police report and ask for any corrections that may need to be made.
In West Palm Beach, you can request a copy of the report by calling (561) 822-1880 or e-mailing your request to [email protected]. Or, you can visit the Records Department at 600 Banyan Boulevard, WPB, FL 33401.
Speak to a West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been in a car wreck, there is a lot you can do to help your lawyer build a strong case on your behalf. However, they will conduct an investigation to gather their own evidence as well. With evidence gathered by you and your lawyer, a strong case could be created to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Speak with a West Palm Beach car accident attorney at Steinger, Greene & Feiner today by calling 800-916-8108 or by filling out our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation.