The hours following a crash are crucial for gathering auto accident evidence to help support your understanding of what caused the crash. Your attorney and other professionals can examine and interpret the evidence in order to form a theory of how the crash happened and help you build your case.
Having evidence of how the crash scene looked immediately after the accident can be great for your case, but gathering that evidence is not always possible or practical. In Georgia, you are expected to move your vehicles following an accident to the shoulder of the road or other safe nearby area in order to keep the traffic flow clear and unobstructed. Of course, this law only applies if you are not injured and if the vehicle can be operated safely.
Preserving Evidence Safely
Even if you have to move your vehicle, you still may be able to take pictures of the vehicle beforehand to show how it was positioned as well as the immediate damage following the collision. If you decide that you want to take pictures, be sure that you can do so safely out of the way of oncoming traffic or other hazards. If you cannot, you may have the opportunity to take photos once the car has been towed from the scene.
Police reports and other evidence can help back up your case as well, so don’t attempt to do it all on your own if it isn’t safe for you to do so. In some cases, it may be the best idea to wait for the police to come and to have the vehicle towed rather than trying to move it on your own.
Georgia traffic accident laws are fairly simple to understand, but pursuing a personal injury case can be more complicated. If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, speak with a personal injury attorney today to learn about your options.