If you are involved in a car crash, there will be evidence all around. While it is the police’s job to come and inspect the site and collect evidence, there is no harm in doing some detective work yourself — provided that you are fit to do so.
Getting medical treatment is, of course, your priority if seriously injured, and you should do what the paramedics tell you, even if that means losing the opportunity to gather information.
Make use of your cellphone
Car crashes can often cause shock, so you might not be thinking straight, and you may also struggle to remember what happened later.
If you have a voice recorder, consider using it to record anything you see around you or recall. For example, “I saw a black SUV in my mirror traveling at speed some way back. The next thing I knew, I felt a massive jolt as something hit me from behind.”
You could also use it to grab testimony from bystanders and their contact details.
Snapping a few pictures with your phone camera can show the scene as it is before anyone moves their vehicles.
When reviewing the photos, you might notice some things that help you piece together why the crash happened, such as an alcohol container that fell out of the other driver’s window. They might have moved it by the time the police arrived.
Share any evidence you collect with your legal team to help them build a complete picture of the crash and better advocate for your rights to injury compensation.