At the foundation of any personal injury claim is a strong set of evidence to support it. A good personal injury attorney will take the time to gather enough proof to help the jury understand what happened and to prove that the other party is at fault for your injuries. With Virginia being a pure contributory negligence case – meaning the accused party must be 100% at fault in order for the victim to receive compensation – presenting quality evidence is vital if you want to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
How Can Documentation and Physical Evidence Help?
There are several types of evidence an attorney may present to the court. Documentation such as medical records and exam results showing the physical extent of the injury along with other papers such as bills, incident reports, or pay stubs. These are considered documents for the injury and can include proof of lost wages and economic damages directly connected to the injury.
There is also pertinent physical evidence – information presented through relevant objects such as clothing, tools, or vehicles. This type of evidence helps the jury get a clearer picture of the accident and determine who is at fault. In addition, evidence gathered at the scene of the accident (such as skid marks on the road showing that a driver attempted to brake or avoid another vehicle) especially when photographed can also help the jury understand what happened.
Are Other Types of Evidence beneficial?
Other types of evidence that may help you prove your case is photo and video evidence, such as a dashcam or street camera. If your accident occurred in a residential area, it is likely someone may have a video of it on their doorbell camera or surveillance system. Visual evidence showing the other party’s actions or overlooking the scene of the accident can be of great strength in proving the plaintiff’s fault.
If you were involved in an auto accident or motorcycle accident, for example, you may want to wait before you repair your vehicle or thoroughly document the damages to it. If possible, keep the damaged vehicle out of reach of others and definitely out of reach of the other party’s insurance company. This leads us to another important point – preserving evidence. Make sure you have copies of all your documentation and back up any videos or pictures in a flash drive or in the cloud. If there are any witnesses, statements need to be taken quickly before important details are lost and memories fade. Physical evidence needs to be kept safe from tampering.
Is an Attorney Still Important to My Case?
If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, it is imperative to act fast and contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can assist you in collecting the necessary evidence to support your case and will have enough time to put together a strong claim on your behalf. The Johnson Law Firm, PC helps clients injured in an accident in or near Gainesville and Woodbridge, VA to bring the responsible party to justice and seek the fair settlement they deserve. Contact our office today for a free consultation to discuss your case.