Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu
Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Get In Touch Today! 281-347-3247
Houston Personal Injury Lawyer > Blog > Auto Accidents > Evidence Needed for a Car Accident Claim

Evidence Needed for a Car Accident Claim


If you have been involved in a car accident, your first step is to take a deep breath. Calm down, check yourself and others for injuries, and then take an important step: gather evidence.

In car accident cases, your insurance company will want to determine liability before it pays out any compensation for damages. Because of this, you will want to have evidence on hand that proves fault. The more you have, the better.

A lot of the information you need for your case will be obtained at the accident scene. Some evidence will come about later, such as information related to injuries. You may have to get evidence from various sources, such as police officers and expert witnesses.

What type of evidence do you need? Here are some examples.

What Should I Collect? 

There are a lot of different types of evidence that can prove who caused a car accident. They include the following:

  • Medical records and bills. Medical records and bills are important pieces of documentation that can help establish the extent of damages suffered. They can show injuries sustained by the parties involved, including medical reports, treatment plans, and medical bills.
  • Police reports. Be sure to contact police after an accident. An officer will arrive and create an official report filed detailing the accident scene, including statements from drivers, witnesses, and sometimes diagrams illustrating the accident.
  • Eyewitness statements. Testimony from individuals who witnessed the accident can provide valuable insight into what happened and who may be at fault.
  • Photos and videos. Visual evidence of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, road conditions, and traffic signals, can help recreate the events leading up to the crash. Take photos of your injuries as well.
  • Expert opinions. Testimony from accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals, or other specialists may be used to analyze the evidence and provide opinions on factors such as fault, causation, and damages.
  • Accident reconstruction reports. Detailed analyses of the accident scene, including vehicle positions, speeds, and trajectories, may be conducted by experts to help recreate the sequence of events.
  • Proof of lost income. If your injuries from the car accident have resulted in missed workdays, you will need to provide evidence of lost wages. You can show pay stubs or obtain a letter from your employer stating the number of workdays missed and your average salary.
  • Weather and road conditions. Documentation of weather conditions, road conditions, and lighting at the time of the accident may help determine whether environmental factors played a role in the collision.
  • Insurance documentation. Policies, coverage limits, and correspondence with insurance companies can provide insight into the financial aspects of the case, including liability coverage and potential sources of compensation.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer 

Who’s to blame in a car accident? The evidence will tell. That’s why you need to have a lot of proof showing what happened.

A Houston car accident attorney from The West Law Office, PLLC can help you obtain necessary evidence so that you get fair compensation. Schedule a free consultation with our office today. Call 281-347-3247 or fill out the online form.



Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

© 2019 - 2024 The West Law Office. All rights reserved.
This law firm marketing website is managed
by MileMark Media.