In the unfortunate event that you are involved in a car accident, one of your first thoughts might be: “how can I fix things or
When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you will likely have a million thoughts going through your head, and not be able to focus on any one of them.
After the initial impact you will have some time to collect your thoughts, and perhaps those thoughts might turn to what evidence you should collect from the accident, in the event litigation needs to be commenced to recover damages for either the property, or for personal injury.
This three part series will provide information about the types of evidence you should collect, ranging from: basic information (part 1); more technical information that you can gather (part 2); and finally technical information that can only be gathered by a qualified expert (part 3).
If you are involved in a significant motor vehicle accident the police will most likely be contacted and, particularly if forensic testing of an incident scene is required, the officer in control of the incident scene should ensure that:
To assist the police in undertaking their investigations you should ensure that you do not move your vehicle until directed by the police, or unless your vehicle causes a safety hazard to other road users.
Otherwise in less serious accidents where the policy do not attend, so long as you are not so injured that you require treatment by paramedics or emergency, you should do the following:
It is important that you do not admit fault for the accident. If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, the policy will likely state that you must not assume responsibility or liability. If you expect the insurance company to take care of your claim, let them do the talking.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident read our other articles available here or call one of our Ipswich personal injury lawyers on 1300 285 888.