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Why It’s So Important to Preserve Evidence for Your Chicago Car Accident Case

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

After a car accident that was not your fault, you want to ensure that you receive the fair and full compensation you may be entitled to for your damages. Without the right evidence, this can be quite difficult. Below, we discuss why it’s so important to preserve evidence for your Chicago car accident case and how you can do so.

If you sustain an injury in a Chicago car crash, reach out to our experienced lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can help you collect the evidence you need and ensure your rights are protected. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.

What is Evidence?

Any tangible item or piece of information that proves or disproves any fact of a car accident case is known as evidence. Evidence can show the liable party’s insurance company that their policyholder was responsible for the crash and help you receive the maximum compensation you deserve. Without evidence, it can be a challenge to support your case and defend yourself.

Types of Evidence

There are a variety of different types of evidence that are crucial to preserve after a car accident. These include the following:

Photo Evidence

Immediately after the crash, use your smartphone or camera to take as many pictures as possible. Be sure to take photos of the external damage to all vehicles involved, the internal damage to your vehicle, the position of the vehicles, weather and road conditions, your injuries, traffic lights or signs, and any post-accident damage like debris or skid marks.

Police Report

After an accident occurs, a police officer will come to the scene and fill out a police report, which can be used as evidence in your case. A police report is a summary of information from the officer’s perspective that contains both facts related to the crash as well as opinions of the officer.

Black Box Data

Most new cars and commercial trucks these days are equipped with a black box, which records vital information related to an accident. It often records data like how fast your car was traveling, whether or not your airbag deployed, the speed of the engine, whether or not you were wearing a seatbelt, the angle you were steering, and whether or not you applied the brakes.

Video Footage

Although video footage is the most valuable type of evidence after a car crash because it shows exactly what happened, it’s not always possible to obtain it. If your accident took place near a business, you may be able to gain access to video footage as many businesses use camera to record robberies and accidents. You may also receive video footage if your crash arose near an intersection. A lawyer can help you find potential video sources that you can hopefully use to prove your case.

Witness Testimony

If someone saw your accident happen, it’s a good idea to get their contact information so that a lawyer can later reach out to them to get their testimony of the crash. A witness can provide unbiased information of what they saw and help demonstrate that you were not liable for the crash. A passenger can also testify what occurred if they were in the car at the time of the accident.

Injured in a Chicago Car Accident? Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

If you’ve been hurt in a car crash that was the result of another party’s negligence, consult Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. We can help you gather valuable evidence for your case and make sure it’s used to your advantage. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today or use our online contact form.