When you are involved in a car accident, it’s a traumatic event. When it’s a multi-car accident, it’s even more shocking and you can get lost in the fray without collecting vital evidence if you are able. There are many factors that can play into multi-car accidents including multiple people seeking damages. This can make the claims process very complicated very quickly. In order to successfully make a claim, you need to evidence to establish and prove who is at fault and liable. Here are the types of evidence you need to prove fault in multi-car accident claims.
When the evidence and photos at the scene of the accident don’t paint a complete picture of what happened, witness accounts are extremely important to help fill in the gaps. With a witness to corroborate your testimony, it helps to ensure a better understanding of the incident. Witnesses may also have digital evidence as well as their own personal accounts such as video or photos from their cell phones that can be used to help validate what happened at the crash site.
With every accident where the police are called, there will be an official accident report filed. The accident report should include information such as a summary of driver statements, a diagram of the accident area and in some cases, the opinion of the responding officer. Make sure you obtain a copy of the police report as this can be used as a part of your claim.
Evidence that Helps Establish Fault
Establishing who is at fault in a multi-car accident (3 cars or more) is vital in determining how to proceed with a claim. There could be one or more drivers responsible for causing the accident. You need to collect various pieces of evidence to be used as proof of your claim. These include photographs, how far the cars moved in the accident, information of all who were involved, and make sure you write down in detail everything you can remember at the scene of the accident and how the accident occurred. But remember health and safety first. If you are too injured to get out of your car, stay put. If the other drive isn’t able, call 9-1-1 and report that fact and ask 9-1-1 to stay on the phone with you until the police arrive.
In many multi-car accidents, a personal injury attorney may be necessary. An attorney can help prove who is at fault for the accident and help you file your claim, deal with insurance companies and in some cases court proceedings.
If you have been injured in a multi-car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Charles V. Contrada will explain your legal options, guide you through the process.
To speak to attorney Charles V. Contrada about a car accident in Ohio or Michigan, call 419.841.4400. Charles has helped thousands of individuals with car accident claims and will explain the legal options that are available to you. Call Contrada & Associates for comprehensive legal guidance that will help you to receive the most favorable outcome.