Did you know that every year in the United States, there are six million car accidents?
If you’ve recently been in a car accident, you’re probably searching around to find a lawyer to help defend your case in the court of law. However, in order for your lawyer to best represent and defend your case, there are specific documents that you need to show your lawyer.
Are you interested in learning about everything you need to show your lawyer after a car accident? We’ve created an inclusive guide to help you better understand. Keep reading to learn more!
A Copy of the Police Report
When a car accident happens, the police are supposed to be called. Once the police arrived on the scene, they will create an accident report that collects information. Some of the information that will be recorded on the report will include:
- The police officers opinion of what caused the car accident
- A diagram that shows where the vehicles are at the scene of the accident, as well as where the pedestrians are
- The police officer’s opinion on if there is a violation of any traffic laws
- Statements from passengers, drivers, and any Witnesses
While the investigation that goes into the car accident is vital in determining fault and cause, the police report from your car accident will provide your lawyer with the foundation to begin their investigation.
For you to obtain a copy of the police report, you’ll have to have information about the car accident. The information that you’ll need will include the drivers that were involved, the name of the law enforcement officer that came to the scene, the date of the accident, and the location of the accident. After you provide the police agency with this information, they’ll be able to send you a copy of the police report that was filed.
Any Tickets or Citations
If your car accident involved one or more other drivers, there may be that Asians are tickets that are issued. Some of the situations where a police officer would write out a ticket or a citation include:
- Aggressive driving
- Driving in an unsafe manner
- Drunk driving
Any traffic tickets that were issued that were related to the accident can be used in the court of law. By showing your lawyer any citations or traffic tickets that were issued, your lawyer can prepare an argument against the citation, as well as a defense on why the ticket that you were issued may not prove the liability of the accident.
Information About the Accident
When you’re in a car accident, you have to record several important pieces of information at the scene of the accident. The information you need to exchange with the other parties that were involved in the accident include:
- The names of the drivers
- The name of any other people that were involved in the accident
- Telephone number of drivers
- Insurance information
- The license number of drivers
- The license plate number of the cars that were involved in the accident
After you’ve collected all this information, make sure that you provide it to your lawyer.
At the scene of the accident, it’s also strongly recommended that you take pictures or a video of the accident scene.
You should take the time to gather evidence that includes how badly your vehicle was damaged, any markings on the road, proof of weather conditions, the damage on the other driver’s vehicle, and proof of the location of the accident.
If you weren’t able to gather photographic evidence of the accident, some insurance companies will send out a representative to take photos. Make sure that your attorney is aware of your insurance company sent out the representative, as your lawyer can contact your insurance company to gather these photos that they collected.
There are also some roads that have cameras that record traffic patterns.
If your car accident occurred near one of these cameras, let your lawyer know. They may be able to gather the recordings to help prove fault when you’re in court.
Also, make sure to let your lawyer know about any witnesses who may have potentially seen the accident.
There are some people who may have taken pictures of the accident scene with their phones. While some witnesses may not be willing to give the photographic evidence up to you, your lawyer can gather the evidence that they collected.
Proof of Insurance
You also need to show your lawyer a copy of your insurance policy so that they can determine what type of insurance coverage you have. You also need to submit proof of insurance premium, as well as proof of payments.
Submitting this evidence will prove that the insurance policy that you currently have on your vehicle is not only paid for but that it’s still valid and hasn’t expired.
If you have health insurance, you should also submit a copy of your health insurance card to your lawyer. Doing this will give your lawyer the opportunity to discuss the payment of any medical expenses that you incurred as a result of the accident with your insurance provider.
Understanding What to Show Your Lawyer
By having a solid understanding of what to show your lawyer when you’re preparing for your court case, you’ll be better able to equip your legal help with the tools that they need to fight for you in court. No piece of evidence is too little when it comes to fighting for your rights and restitution!
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