After you’re involved in a collision, one of the things that has to happen is for fault to be determined. Fault isn’t always easy to determine, because people who are coming to the scene weren’t there to see the initial accident.
If you have a dash cam or witnesses, then it will be much easier to come up with answers about the crash. If not, then there are some things you need to look for at the scene of an auto accident to help your case.
3 things to look for at the scene of a crash
There are three main things to look for at the scene of the car crash. These include the following.
Good witnesses can make or break your case against the other driver. Talk to witnesses to hear what they have to say, and keep their contact information for your attorney. It’s natural for the other driver to claim that you’re at fault, but this may not be the case. You’ll want people who can speak on your behalf, too.
Signs of damage or injuries
Another thing to look for is your phone so you can take photos of damage and injuries. Taking a photo of the scene of the crash helps capture it exactly as it was when the crash happened or shortly thereafter. The damage to your vehicle, as well as injuries you suffered, will be apparent in photos. Additionally, this kind of documentation helps you recall details that might otherwise be forgotten.
A driver admitting fault
You should, if you can, speak with the other driver. You should not admit to fault, but listen to see if they do. If they do, then you may be able to hold them accountable by telling your insurance company and attorney that the other driver admitted to causing the crash. Quote whatever they told you, such as, “I didn’t see the red light,” to the police, too, so they can help make the determination of fault.
These are three things to look for at the scene of a crash. Good witnesses, documentation and information about the driver can help you make a strong case for compensation.