In 2019, there were more than 6 million car accidents in the United States. About 6% of those accidents result in at least one death.
If you are in a car accident you will want to contact a car accident attorney.
Read on to learn the motor vehicle accident records you need to share with your attorney so they can help you.
1. The Police Report
Typically the police are called when there is a car accident. The police document:
- Date & Time
- Cause, or opinion of the cause of the accident.
- Diagrams of the Accident Scene, including where cares and people are in relation to one another.
- The Police opinion of traffic law violations.
- Statements from witnesses.
The police report provides the foundation for your case and therefore is important to your attorney. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report. Before signing a car accident settlement, speak with your attorney.
2. All Tickets/Citations, Past & Present
The most important ticket or citation is the one associated with the accident in question. However, you should also include previous tickets/citations that might help, or hurt, your case.
3. Information About the Accident
Some of the most important information is about the people involved in an accident. Be sure to collect:
- Names, Addresses, and Contact Information of Everyone Involved in the Accident
- Car License Plate Numbers & Drivers’ License Numbers
Provide all the above-listed information to your attorney.
4. Photographs, Yes They Are Motor Vehicle Accident Records
Most people have a cell phone, and they are essential to use it any time there is an accident. Photos and videos can help put accident scenes into context. They can also help to refute misinformation about what happened.
Include pictures of damaged cars and the road, traffic patterns, and other hazards or weather-related issues.
A car accident lawyer will want to review all of these photos.
5. Proof of Insurance
Collect your insurance information, and include insurance information on any other parties involved. While it may be second nature to capture car insurance information, collected health insurance information is also important with sever accidents.
6. Medical Reports, Yours & Theirs
After a car accident injury, you will want to collect all medical reports associated with the treatment of injuries.
7. W-2’s, Tax Forms
Depending on how severely someone is injured, there may be lost wages. Wage forms, W-2, W-9’s and Tax Information will determine how much may be awarded for lost wages.
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