Tips to Influence Atlanta Accident Reports and Preserve Evidence Following a Collision


April 05, 2014

Because many people do not expect to be involved in a traffic collision and lack experience with such unsettling events, personal injury victims sometimes fail to act in a way that will preserve evidence which is relevant to a successful Georgia car accident claim. A common but important misstep includes either not contacting law enforcement to report the crash or failing to pay enough attention to the content of official Atlanta Accident Reports. Between making efforts to gather and preserve evidence at the scene and facilitating the preparation of a police investigation, Georgia car accident victims can have a significant influence on the viability of their personal injury claim.

There are many injury victims whose legal claim for financial compensation is compromised because they do not make efforts to preserve evidence at the scene. When crash victims report their accident to the police, this constitutes the best way to ensure that important facts are recorded and that the identity and contact information of the parties and witnesses are obtained. The officer will talk to drivers, passengers and eyewitnesses while also collecting other types of evidence. The officer also typically will prepare diagrams that map out how the accident occurred. When victims report collisions by dialing 911, the officer can investigate the scene which facilitates the preservation of some of the key evidence.

However, police officers are human so they may make mistakes or fail to obtain key witness contact information. If an injury victim observed an unsafe driving maneuver by the other driver or a traffic safety infraction, this information needs to be communicated to the investigating officer. If you saw the other driver stumbling around or slurring his words in the immediate aftermath of the crash, the officer may use this information as a basis to initiate a DUI investigation. When other people have witnessed the negligent driving practices of the other motorist, the officer also should be encouraged to interview this other witness. The bottom line is that Atlanta Accident Reports provide the first item of documentary evidence that representatives for insurance carriers review so it is important to ensure the officer has the evidence he or she needs.

While the first priority for anyone who suffers injury during a motor vehicle collision is to obtain prompt medical attention, it is a good idea to gather certain evidence if feasible because Atlanta Accident Reports may miss information. Some of the evidence that it is advisable to collect at the scene includes:

• Witness names and contact information
• Photos of damage to your vehicle, positions of the vehicles and the surrounding accident scene
• Any debris from your vehicle caused during the crash
• A record of injuries including photos at the scene

Montlick & Associates offers a free app for your Iphone or Droid that provides a checklist and easy way to collect evidence at the scene.  Additionally, remember you can use your mobile smart phone to take photos.

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Finally, it is important to seek prompt medical attention even if you have only minor symptoms because they may be precursors to more serious medical conditions. If you are injured in an traffic accident in the Atlanta area or anywhere in Georgia, our Atlanta auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing injury victims for over thirty years throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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