A car accident in the Atlanta, Georgia, area can be distressing enough. But when the collision resulted from another driver’s negligence, and you or a family member or loved one have been injured, the situation can go from bad to worse. It is essential to take steps to ensure that your point of view is heard and that your side of the story is accepted by the Courts and the insurance companies.
Serious Accident Cases Require Proof and Documentation
At the law offices of The Millar Law Firm we have years of experience handling serious car accident cases.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
It should come as no surprise that negligent drivers and their insurance companies and adjusters often do not want to be held responsible for a crash that resulted from distracted driving, drowsy driving, or another reckless behavior. Examples of negligent behavior include:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on a cellphone while driving
- Surfing the internet while driving
- Reading or checking email while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Driving despite only getting a couple hours of sleep
- Running a red light or running a stop sign
When drivers do not obey the law, they may lie about their negligent behavior and their fault in causing the accident. Therefore, it is extremely important to gather evidence at the scene of the collision to help prove that the other driver was at fault.
How The Accident or Collision Scene Can Tell a Story
Immediately after a car accident occurs, it is essential to collect evidence about the collision. Photographs of damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle, as well as skid marks and other evidence on the road, should be photographed and measured. Experienced lawyers and accident or crash reconstruction experts can use accident scene evidence to reconstruct the scene of a collision. For instance, an expert can perform energy analyses, momentum analyses, and time/distance analyses based on the evidence collected following a crash.
Gathering evidence from the scene can also protect you from being blamed for causing the accident, because there is insufficient evidence of damages to prove that another driver was at fault for a car accident, it is possible that the other driver will be able to lie and say that your negligent behavior caused the crash. Collecting any and all information at the scene of the collision — from witness statements to photographs showing property damage — can help to prevent the other driver from lying about fault in the accident.
Although being involved in a traffic collision can be very disorienting, it is essential to document damages and to discuss your case with an auto accident lawyer in Atlanta.
The Importance of Having a Good Accident Lawyer
As soon as an auto accident has occurred, it is important to contact a dedicated Georgia car accident attorney to have an advocate on your side. Your lawyer can begin the process of investigating to help prove that the other driver was at fault. An experienced lawyer can help to make clear some of the following:
- Credibility of the drivers involved in the crash
- Credibility of witness statements
- Proof of fault from the evidence collected at the scene
- Proof of fault from the police report
- Let the Evidence Tell the Story
Gathering evidence after a crash is one of the most important steps to help you to win the case and show the at-fault driver should be found negligent in your car accident claim:
Contact the police to ensure you have an official accident report. It is possible that the law enforcement officer who arrives at the scene will ticket the other driver if it is clear that a traffic violation resulted in the crash. The Georgia Department of Driver Services requires you to notify the police if you are involved in a collision that results in one of the following: personal injury, death, or damage to property in excess of $500.
Take written witness accounts and be sure to write down witnesses’ names and contact information.
Take as many photos as possible at the scene of the accident, including damage to your own vehicle, damage to the other driver’s car, and any evidence along the highway (such as skid marks).
Write down your own impressions of the accident, including events that resulted in the crash and what the damages look like.