To those who have been involved in a car accident because of another person’s reckless or negligent actions, it all seems so cut and dried. Often, these victims feel that no documentation is necessary as the accident speaks for itself. The reality, however, is much different. Whether you are dealing with insurance companies or filing a personal injury lawsuit, good documentation goes a long way toward strengthening your case.
If you are working with a personal injury lawyer in Ontario, he or she is no doubt committed to working on your behalf. Lawyers are prepared to shoulder as much of the burden as possible, but you can help your lawyer help you by doing your part. One thing you can and should do if you are physically able is document the accident scene with photographs as soon as possible.
Any photographic evidence you can gather will probably be helpful, the more detailed and orderly, the better. Here are a few tips you can use if you should suffer a car accident caused by another party.
— Take pictures of all automobiles involved in the accident.
— If possible, capture pictures of traffic indicators.
— Include images showing weather conditions like the presence of rain or snow if possible.
— Take close-up photos of your car’s damage inside and out.
— Photograph broken glass, loose car parts and skid marks.
— Make sure you try to capture photographic evidence indicating the time and date of the accident.
— Capture pictures of license plates.
— Photograph your injuries or have someone else do it for you.
Providing good documentation does not mean you are doing your lawyer’s work; rather it means you and your lawyer are prepared to work together to help you achieve your goals. Explore our website to learn more about the lawyer’s role in Ontario car accidents.