READING - Preserve Car Crash Evidence in Five Steps

Here's great advice from Hergott Law about how to protect your interests if you are involved in a crash. According to Paul Hergott, very few of his clients ever take any steps at the scene to gather and preserve information about the crash that could be crucial later on. This is particularly important for short lived evidence which may not remain to be found after the fact and may or may not be documented by police on your behalf.



Being too rattled to think.

Unfortunately, it may take some one else to step up. Just being in the accident can be nerve racking and not thinking straight. My friend was T-Boned at a 4 way stop just behind her rear seat, with enough force to spin her blazer 90 degrees. Being rattled, all she did was call her daughter to come the 3 blocks down. Police were not called because it didn't look like there was $6000 damage.She traded info, and drove home after calling in sick. Of course, the next day she did have whiplash to the extent that she was unable to return to her cashier position for the next year. The first bit of advice I gave was to contact a personal injury firm which helped immensely by directing her in what to do, dealing with the insurance company, having her get the physicals and getting into a physical therapy program. Due to the age of the vehicle, it was a write off. The other driver recanted his version of being at fault. Unfortunately, grabbing witnesses and photos was not done. If I had thought about it earlier, I would have approached ythe businesses at the intersection to see if they had any surveillance footage. She is now back at work, but on limited duty due to the neck shoulder movement (whiplash) issue she is still going through. Case has still not been settled, but time will tell and hopefully things turn out for the best.

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