After a car accident, people do not always gather all the evidence they need about a crash. For instance, you might be injured and need to go to the hospital right away, or you may not realize there was more information available before leaving the scene.
Whatever reason there may have been for not collecting more information after an accident, it can be helpful to know that there are ways to get what you need after the fact.
Collecting crash details
Some information can be available well after a crash scene is clear. You just need to know where to look.
For instance, parties must file a police report after many types of accidents in Maryland. Police reports can have an enormous amount of helpful information. As this article discusses in more detail, they can include everything from information on the weather and road conditions at the time to notes about the crash and witness contact information.
It can also be possible to track down video recordings and photos after an accident. Dashcams, witness recordings and video from nearby surveillance cameras could all provide critical data that shows what happened.
Finally, parties could consult accident reconstructionists who investigate the crash and conclude what happened using their training and skills.
Putting the pieces together
Parties must have as much information as possible to determine who is to blame for a crash. While it could be easy to point the finger at a driver who was speeding and lost control of their car or someone who ran a red light, it is not always this easy to connect the dots.
There could be multiple negligent parties involved, as well as elements like a defective car part that the average person would have no knowledge of.
In other words, no matter how much information you gather at the crash scene or afterward, putting it all together to file a legal claim can be more complicated than people realize. For this reason, crash victims and their families often work with legal counsel when it comes to pursuing damages.