Most Americans rely on motor vehicles to go about their daily lives. According to the Pew Research Center, around 88 percent of American households have at least one car. While cars are one of the best inventions in modern history, they also bring with them certain dangers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stated that there were more than 7.2 million police-reported traffic accidents in 2016 alone.
After a car accident, you will typically want to file a claim with the insurance company of the driver who was at fault, and it may be necessary to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for your injuries. Sometimes, liability is not always immediately obvious, and it is important to gather evidence that will demonstrate who was at fault for the accident. A skilled personal injury can help obtain the necessary evidence, including:
Photos are often the most compelling pieces of evidence in a car accident liability case. Photographs are regarded as hard evidence and can showcase many aspects of an accident scene. After an accident, you should try to get photos of:
- Damage to your vehicle
- Damage to the other vehicle
- The whole scene of the accident
- Any street signs, traffic signs, and traffic lights near the accident
- Anything that might have contributed to the accident, such as road debris, potholes, or weather conditions
If there are injuries or property damage, police will most likely show up to the scene of the accident. When this occurs, the police officer will begin taking notes for a police report. Their report will contain information about the accident that will be a key factor in determining liability. Information on the police report will include:
- A description of what happened
- Information about who was in each vehicle
- Witness information and statements
- Damages to any of the vehicles
- Injuries to drivers or passengers
Though witness testimonies are a part of a police report, it is also a good idea to contact witnesses independently. If you are able to, get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Your attorney can contact these witnesses and obtain their testimony about what they saw happen during the collision.
Contact a Connecticut Car Accident Attorney Today
Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and they can leave you with serious injuries that can affect your life for years to come. If you have been a victim of a car accident, you need a skilled Hartford, CT car accident lawyer to help you navigate the situation and pursue the compensation you deserve. At the Woolf Law Firm, LLC, we have more than 20 years of experience proving fault in car accident cases. Contact our office today by calling 860-290-8690 to set up a free consultation.