Evidence That May Strengthen Your Car Accident Claim
Like most states, Nevada applies a fault-based system to car accident claims. That means the person who caused the crash is responsible for covering the damages. They don’t usually do so out-of-pocket, however. Instead, victims typically file third-party claims with the at-fault motorist’s auto insurance carrier.
If you were seriously hurt in a wreck through no fault of your own and you want to seek compensation by taking the same route, you’re going to want to make sure your claim is as compelling as possible. This starts by gathering lots of proof of both liability and damages. Let’s take a look at what this evidence most often includes:
1. Photographs of the Scene
Images of the wreckage in the aftermath of the crash can be incredibly revealing when it comes to determining what happened in the seconds before the incident. If you managed to shoot the scene before leaving the area, give the photos to your legal team. They will consult an accident reconstruction expert, who should be able to determine the most likely chain of events.
2. Black Box Data
Like photos of the scene, black box data can reveal what happened in the moments leading up to the crash. And since most vehicles are equipped with event data recorders nowadays, there’s a good chance all the cars that were involved in the accident can produce these logs for review.
3. Video Footage
A lot of vehicles are also equipped with dash cameras nowadays. You can certainly imagine how valuable their footage is in the event of a crash.
If the collision occurred near homes or businesses, it may have also been captured by one or more surveillance cameras. The footage from these devices could prove integral to your claim, as well.
Keep in mind, however, that camera systems often overwrite their footage to make room for additional files. Consequently, you may have only a limited amount of time to obtain copies of the available recordings.
4. Medical Records
You’re going to need your medical records to prove both causation and damages. Hospital intake forms, diagnostic images, and the like will help prove causation as long as the injuries they reference are consistent with the impacts you suffered in the crash. As for demonstrating damages, your records may also mention non-economic losses like pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, and disfigurement.
5. Receipts and Invoices
Virtually all the expenses you wouldn’t have incurred had you not gotten hurt are recoverable—as long as you can prove you actually incurred them. This is why it’s so important to save all associated documentation, including bills, invoices, and receipts.
Speak with a Las Vegas Car Accident Attorney
If you want to file a car accident claim in Nevada, turn to Maier Gutierrez & Associates for strategic legal counsel every step of the way. Our distinctions include Super Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell AV ratings, Top Attorneys by Nevada Business Magazine, and many others. Call 702-629-7900 or submit our Contact Form to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Las Vegas.