If you are injured in a car accident in New Orleans, you might be entitled to compensation for your damages. However, before you can recover compensation for an accident claim, you must prove that the other driver caused the crash. To prove liability, you must have convincing evidence to provide to the insurance company for the other driver.
Our New Orleans car accident attorneys can help you gather the evidence you need to prove fault and liability for a car crash. The evidence you need to be successful in proving your right to compensation may differ depending on the facts of your case. However, there are common types of evidence that we search for in most car accident cases.
Five Types of Evidence to Prove Your New Orleans Car Accident Claim
It is very important to contact the police after a car accident. A police report is an independent record of the accident. Even though the officer did not see the accident occur, the officer inspects the accident scene and may include important information about the position of the vehicles, skid marks, and other observations that can help prove liability for the car crash.
Photographs of the Accident Scene
Taking photographs of the accident scene is very important. Crash photos can show the position of the vehicles, skid marks, road signs, the severity of the damage to the vehicles, and other information that can help prove fault. If you can do so safely, take as many pictures of the accident scene as possible. Making a video of the accident scene can also be very useful.
If anyone witnessed the crash, you should ask for that person’s name and contact information. Some witnesses do not remain the crash scene until police officers arrive. The testimony of an eyewitness who does not have a financial stake in the outcome of the claim can be very convincing and compelling.
Your medical records demonstrate the severity of your injuries and the physical damage you suffered from the accident. In addition, your medical records establish whether you suffered a permanent disability or impairment that will result in ongoing damages, including future lost wages and future medical bills.
In some cases, we must retain the services of one or more experts to prove fault and liability. For instance, an accident reconstructionist uses physical evidence from the crash scene to “reconstruct” how the accident occurred. By reconstructing the crash, an expert can determine the cause of the crash and who was responsible for causing the crash.
Contact a New Orleans Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a car crash, do not wait to hire an attorney. Your attorney can perform a thorough accident investigation to identify the liable party and gather evidence to prove fault. However, delaying contacting an attorney could result in important evidence being lost or destroyed.
Contact Attorney Fred Olinde of The Olinde Firm for a free case review by calling (504) 587-1440 or 1-800-587-1889. During your free consultation with a New Orleans car accident attorney, you can discuss the steps for filing a car accident claim and the ways our law firm can help you seek full compensation for your damages and injuries.