How important is evidence to getting compensation post-crash?

A car accident brings with it not only physical and emotional injuries, but also an unexpected financial burden. Hospital stays, treatments and car repairs are just some of the expenses car accident victims find themselves facing after a crash. One way to cover these costs is to get compensation through a personal injury lawsuit and Massachusetts’ residents planning on going down this route should know that evidence adds value to their claim.

Once an accident victim can ascertain that their health and the health of everyone else at the accident scene is alright and the relevant authorities have been notified, he or she should survey the scene to gather evidence. Contact information of everyone present at the scene can be useful, as witness testimony can help support one’s claim of negligence or distraction.

Similarly, pictures of skid marks can show the speed at which a driver was going, their braking action and even the direction in which one was traveling. If there is a suspicion of texting and driving, it might be possible to ask for the negligent driver’s phone records.

Since damages are being asked for in the lawsuit, proving the costs of the accident is essential. First, property damage should be assessed. For this, all receipts related to the repairs of the vehicle and recent upgrades to it should be gathered, and these receipts should include the reasons for the work done as well. Similarly, information about hospital stays, tests and treatments provided, cost of special services, visits to rehabilitative centers and psychiatrists or psychologists should also be collected.

Depending on the individual circumstances of one’s accident, other evidence may also prove useful. But, evidence is not of much use without an accompanying argument, and it might be beneficial to consult an experienced attorney for guidance on how to proceed.


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