By creating a collection of preserved evidence, a claimant can work to strengthen a submitted claim. When a collection of evidence features that capability, then it increases the chances for success with winning the claimant’s case.
Useful evidence from the scene of the accident
Following a car accident, an investigator would search for any signs of malfunctioning equipment, such as a broken traffic light. The investigator would also check for any indication that some sign had been mutilated, defaced, moved or destroyed.
Even if the claimant has obtained the names and contact information for some witnesses on the day of the accident, it would help to seek out other witnesses, those that could support or add to the information in the available statements.
Although photographs might have been taken on the day of the accident, it would help to take pictures at the scene of that same incident. Each picture should be taken from more than one angle. In addition, any prints should have on the back the date when the picture was taken.
Useful physical evidence: Items that can be touched
Pictures of any damage
-After a car accident that would be damage to one or more vehicles
-After an injury suffered on someone else’s property, look for damage that could suggest the poor condition of a particular item, such as the banister on a staircase.
Any item of torn clothing/bloodied clothing
After a car accident, look for tire tracks: Those can be preserved by taking a photograph of tire markings, and recording the time and place for the picture-taking.
Documentation of evidentiary findings
Medical reports serve as the best source for documentation of evidentiary findings. Insurers check to see the date for that first medical report. Victims that have delayed seeing a doctor could be accused of failing to mitigate the effects of their injury.
Personal injury lawyers in Watsonville know that police reports can function as a good source of documented evidence, if used prior to the start of a trial. After a car accident, such a report could indicate whether or not either driver had received a traffic ticket. Sometimes, too, the reporting officer might mention negligent driving.
Unfortunately, police reports cannot be used as evidence during a trial. That is due to the fact that the reporting officer did not see the actual collision. Consequently, whatever he or she might have stated in the log book/report could be viewed as hearsay.
Judges do not let members of the jury hear any hearsay. For that reason, the jurists do not get to hear what information has been found in the officers’ log book/report. Because the jurists lack access to that information, it has no ability to sway their opinion.