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Collecting Evidence After Your Car Or Motorcycle Accident

One of the most important things you can do after you’ve been in a car or motorcycle accident is collect evidence. Whether you’ve been in a serious accident, or a minor one, evidence collection will ensure you’re able to get the damages you deserve from your insurance company, or in a personal injury lawsuit should your injuries meet the Florida serious injury threshold. At, we know the importance of evidence collection, and we want to make sure you are clear on what you should be doing to collect your evidence after an accident has occurred.

If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, you won’t be able to collect evidence right away or by yourself, and in these instances your medical records and police reports will be the best evidence you can have. If there was a passenger involved in your accident who was not as serious injured and as able to do the evidence collection after the accident, this can also help to be a big benefit!

What you should do to collect evidence after an accident is:

  • Take photographs – Photographs of skid marks on the road, obstructions, interior and exterior vehicle damage, road conditions, and anything else that may be of use in proving the accident scene is important. You may use a phone camera, small digital camera, or even a throwaway disposable camera, but taking photos and lots of them can really make a difference. When taking photos, making sure to capture several different angles of the same area or damage is encouraged.
  • Keep a small notebook – After an accident, adrenaline will be pumping throughout your body, and this can make the accident become a bit of a blur in your mind after the fact. If you’re able, jot down all of the details you know right away, and keep them in a small notebook for reference later. This way you’ll have them available and fresh from your memory should you need to recall them. The small notebook can be kept in your glovebox or other compartment easily along with a pencil or pen.
  • Take down witness information – If any witnesses were on scene to see the accident, use that notebook to quickly record their names and contact information. If the notebook is unavailable, this can be done using a cell phone or even scraps of paper. When coming to the insurance company for compensation, or during a personal injury lawsuit later on, any witnesses who saw your accident first-hand can be of great help.
  • Injury documentation – The best way to procure injury documentation is to be seen by a medical professional right away, and to secure records of any injuries you may be experiencing. Within 24 hours of the accident, make sure to visit a physician to have your physical status examined, and if you suspect a traumatic brain injury or injury that may manifest symptoms later on, subsequent visits may be necessary. These prompt medical records will be vital evidence for receiving medical cost compensation.

What To Do With Your Evidence

When you’ve collected your evidence, either immediately after an accident, through a passenger, or after you’ve been cleared medically to be able to do so, you’ll then want to keep it all secured together in a safe space. Should you need to call on your evidence at any point through an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, you’ll have everything you need ready to go to serve as proof in your case. The statute of limitations for pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida is 4 years, and we recommend keeping this evidence bundled and ready for use for this span of time in case a lingering or late manifesting injury causes a lawsuit to be necessary.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Collecting Evidence After Your Car Or Motorcycle Accident

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