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Types of Evidence You Should Collect in an Illinois Car Accident

Posted on in Car Accidents

IL injury lawyerWhen you get into a car accident, the first thing on your mind is probably not collecting evidence and documenting what just happened - but it should be. The moments directly after a car crash are crucial because the crash is still fresh in your mind and the scene of the accident is untouched. Dealing with insurance companies after a car crash can be annoying at best and infuriating at worst, but if you have overwhelming evidence supporting your claim, you will probably have an easier time being compensated. Evidence toward your claim can also help you in court if you are seeking damages owed by another driver.

Police Report

One of the most important pieces of information you can have is a copy of the police report that was created about your accident. The report will contain information about the accident and will be filed by the officer that responds to your call. Give the police as much information about the accident as possible. Police reports are what the insurance company will look at when determining what to pay. Important elements to include in a police report are:

  • What happened during the accident;
  • Weather conditions at the time of the accident;
  • Information about the driver and passengers of the other vehicle;
  • Information about the other vehicle, including make, model and color;
  • The other driver’s insurance information;
  • Damages to your vehicle; and
  • Injuries to yourself or your passengers.

Photos of the Accident

Having photographs of the accident and the damage to your vehicle can literally paint a picture to support your case. If you are able to, getting photos directly after the accident is best. You should try to take pictures of:

  • Exterior damage to your vehicle;
  • Interior damage to your vehicle;
  • The position of your vehicles in relation to landmarks such as stop signs or traffic signals;
  • License plates of all vehicles; and
  • Any injuries you or your passengers sustained.

Records and Receipts

If you sustained injuries from a car accident, you are going to want to keep a copy of your medical records pertaining to the injuries from the accident. These records can include initial emergency room visits, follow up visits with your physician and physical therapy. You should also keep receipts from any out-of-pocket costs associated with your medical care, such as medication, copays or medical supplies and equipment.

It is also important that you keep all documentation involved in fixing your vehicle. Save all bills, receipts and estimates involving:

  • Car repairs;
  • Rental cars or alternate transportation; and
  • Bills for towing your car.

Contact a Park Ridge Auto Accident Lawyer

Car accidents can be both emotionally scarring and financially difficult, but with the help of a skilled Glenview auto accident attorney, you can be sure that you are receiving the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Quinn Law Group, LLC to discuss your case and determine the damages that you are eligible to claim. Call the office at 847-232-7180 to schedule a consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.dmv.org/insurance/how-to-document-auto-accident-damage.php

https://www.dmv.org/accident-guide/preserving-evidence.php

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