When you become the plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you must be prepared to present a sufficient amount of evidence that proves your case. This is otherwise known as your burden of proof. Read on to discover what documentation you need and how a seasoned Panama City car accident attorney at Manuel & Thompson, PA can help you in collecting it.
What photos do I need of my car accident?
For your personal injury claim, photos will be able to paint the picture that your injuries and car damages are directly correlated to the negligence of the other driver or drivers involved. First, you should take photos of all the cars involved, regardless of whether there are visible damages. Examples of detailed photos you should capture include the following:
- The cars’ license plate numbers.
- The cars’ makes, models, and colors.
- Any view obstructions in the cars’ windshields.
Then, you should take photos of the overall scene of the accident, so that you may portray how the collision came about in the first place. Examples of detailed photos you should capture include the following:
- The location of the accident.
- The direction the cars are facing.
- Any skid marks on the road.
- Any severe weather conditions.
- Any hazardous road conditions.
- Any view obstructions to traffic signs.
- Any defects to traffic signals.
Last but not least, you should take photos of the injuries you incurred from the car accident. These should be taken before they have a chance to heal. Examples of detailed photos you should capture include the following:
- Any cuts, bruises, or gashes on your body.
- The casts that were put on your broken bones.
- The handicap devices that were prescribed to you.
What other documentation do I need after my car accident?
While photos are important, there are other pieces of documentation that you must not neglect. They are as follows:
- A copy of the official accident report that was established at the scene.
- A copy of the surveillance camera footage of your accident playing out.
- Statements made by witnesses regarding how your accident played out.
- Statements made by loved ones regarding the seriousness of your injuries and how this has affected your quality of life.
- A doctor’s note regarding the current and future treatments necessary to heal your injuries.
- Medical documents that state the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Medical bills that state the expenses of your injuries.
Understandably so, ensuring that you have gathered the right amount of documentation may be overwhelming. But if you are ready and willing to kickstart your car accident claim, then you must employ one of the competent Panama City auto accident attorneys today. We look forward to working alongside you.