What Types of Evidence Do I Need to Prove Fault in a Car Crash?
Few drivers in Louisiana anticipate being involved in a motor vehicle collision and needing to gather evidence in order to prove that another driver was at fault. While many car crash injuries can result in compensation through an insurance claim, there are also many cases where the injured person must file a civil lawsuit against the party they believe to be responsible for the wreck in order to seek full compensation for their losses. In the event of a civil lawsuit, what types of evidence will you need to prove fault? Consider the following information from our Shreveport traffic crash lawyers.
Evidence from the Scene of the Crash
In many motor vehicle collision cases, evidence gathered at the scene of the wreck can be helpful for proving fault. While it can be difficult to obtain evidence if you have been seriously injured at the scene of a crash, it is important to gather the following if you are able to do so:
- Photographs from many angles and varying distances;
- Video of the scene from many angles and distances;
- Names and contact information for witnesses who saw the collision or were involved in the collision;
- Name and contact information for the other driver; and
- Your immediate reaction to the crash (you can take notes on your phone, or jot down handwritten details), including your perceptions about how the other driver’s actions or inaction may have caused the crash.
Evidence Obtained After the Collision
Beyond evidence gathered at the scene of the crash, there will also be important evidence obtained after the collision. It is critical to seek medical attention as soon as possible so that your medical records can become valuable evidence in your case. Our firm will obtain your relevant medical records for you, along with a police report from the scene of the crash, which can also be extremely useful.
Other relevant evidence will depend upon the facts of your case. We may depose witnesses, for example, might seek phone records in a distracted driving case, or could seek red light camera photos or GPS information from a vehicle. We will work with you to determine the evidence that will be helpful to and will strengthen your case.
Ensuring Evidence is Admissible in Your Case
In order for evidence to be helpful to your case, it will need to be admissible. Our experienced Shreveport auto injury lawyers have years of experience handling traffic crash cases and presenting evidence according to the Louisiana Code of Evidence. If you have questions about whether particular evidence you have gathered will be helpful to your case, or whether or not to seek specific evidence, we are here to help.
Contact a Shreveport Car Crash Lawyer
Were you recently involved in a motor vehicle collision caused by another motorist? An experienced Shreveport auto collision attorney at Rice & Kendig, LLC can talk with you today about your case and your options for seeking financial compensation. When we represent clients in motor vehicle collision cases, we gather important evidence that you will need to build your case in the aftermath of the crash. Our firm will obtain police reports, medical records, and related information that we will use to help show that the other party is liable for your injuries. Contact us today to find out more about filing a claim and seeking the compensation you need.