Collecting evidence – preferably, at the scene of the accident – is one of the most important steps to take after a car crash. However, if you are injured to the point where you need to leave in an ambulance, collecting evidence might be difficult.
There are still things you can do, though. Here are some tips for collecting evidence, even if you were taken away in an ambulance:
Request a Copy of the Accident Report
When police are called to a car accident scene, they will file a car accident report. The Texas Association of Police Explorers explains that this report serves as a type of investigation and should include information regarding:
- Time that the accident occurred
- Location of the accident
- Who called in the accident
- Weather and visibility
- Traffic congestion
- Type of accident
- Extent of injuries
- Who else responded, or is needed to respond, to the scene (i.e. an ambulance driver)
You have a right to request a copy of this report. You can do this online through the Texas Department of Transportation – Crash Reports and Records.
Work with an Attorney to Gather Evidence
Another thing that you can do to gather evidence from a crash scene is to contact an attorney. An attorney can investigate the crash scene, take pictures, and assess damage. An attorney can also contact accident investigation and reconstruction experts, who can help prove what happened in your crash.
An attorney can also help you gain access to other types of evidence that you otherwise may have difficulty obtaining on your own. Say, for example, that you suspect that the other driver involved in the crash was texting at the time of collision – an attorney can help you to gain legal access to this driver’s cellphone logs. Or, if you have been in a crash with a large truck, a truck accident attorney can help you to get data from the truck’s black box, or electronic control module (ECM).
It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. The more time that passes, the more likely it is that evidence related to your car accident will be changed, destroyed, or otherwise interfered with.
Contact The Bob Richardson Law Firm Today
If you have been in a car accident in Texas, gathering the right evidence may make or break your claim. Watch a few of our car accident videos to learn more about what a lawyer can do for you after a crash, how to deal with an insurance company, and more.
If you are ready to schedule your free initial case consultation with our lawyers, do not delay. You only have so much time to take action by filing your claim. At The Bob Richardson Law Firm, we are passionate about protecting accident victims. Contact us today online.