Documenting Your Car Accident

Minneapolis - St. Paul, Twin Cities, Minnesota & Nationwide

After a car accident, the highest priority is your health. Our lawyers urge you to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a wreck.

However, it’s never too early to start thinking about your legal rights and the pursuit of justice. That pursuit begins immediately after the accident when you can start documenting what happened.

This documentation is crucial to maximize your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve as a victim of someone else’s negligence. Our car accident lawyers have seen too many potentially viable cases fall apart due to a lack of documentation.

If you live in any Minnesota community and you want to speak to our car accident lawyers about the wreck that injured you, please call GoldenbergLaw at 877-544-1757 for a free consultation.

Why, What and How To Document

Many people tend to think of a courtroom trial as a kind of structured argument. That’s broadly accurate, but it’s important to understand that the structure is quite rigid. There are firm rules of evidence regarding what can be admitted and what claims can be made.

Generally speaking, it’s difficult to have a claim taken seriously in a courtroom without evidence to back it up. And those claims certainly won’t carry much weight in a pre-trial settlement negotiation if you are unable to show that you can prove them in court.

As such, it’s impossible to have too much evidence or documentation. You don’t want to put yourself in danger or impede any efforts from emergency crews. But our car accident lawyers recommend you:

  • First, get all relevant information from the other driver(s) involved. Many people already know this, but it’s worth emphasizing. Learn their name, address, insurance information and license plate number.
  • Take photos of the accident scene – a high-quality digital camera is ideal for this, but most modern cellphones have cameras. No one expects you to take photographs like Ansel Adams, but make sure the shots are in focus. Try to take photos from as many angles as possible. Get all the involved vehicles captured along with any damage to surrounding features, such as trees or traffic barriers.
  • Finally, car accidents generate a lot of paperwork: insurance forms, police reports, medical records and more. This paperwork can be tedious, but it’s invaluable evidence. Get copies of everything for your personal records. Reports generated by these entities are exceptionally valuable.

The takeaway here is to acquire as much information about your accident as possible. Keeping copies of a report you don’t need won’t hurt you, while disposing of a report you will need can doom your case.

Above all, speak to our car accident lawyers as soon as possible. We understand that sometimes it’s impossible to get all of this evidence. The sooner you speak to us, the sooner we can begin our investigation. Physical evidence can disappear (a bent guardrail might be replaced quite quickly, for instance), and witnesses memories can fade.

If you’ve been the victim of a car accident in Minnesota and you need an experienced lawyer, please contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation.