Evidencia para reunir después de que ocurre un accidente automovilístico en Arizona

– In today’s video, we’re talking about car accidents and, specifically, what type of evidence, what type of documents, what type of materials, should you be gathering if you’ve been involved in one. So, an accident can be a very traumatic event.

Most people don’t get in them very frequently and, so having been involved in an accident, it’s very difficult for some people to put together, what should I do next. Well, we’re going to walk through some of that. First and foremost, you should call our office.

We deal with accident cases, we help people who’ve been injured get the proper recovery that they need and, if you do call us, great, we’re going to walk you through almost all of this for you.

But, if you don’t want to call an attorney, if you want to start working on the claim yourself, these are some of the things that you’re going to want to look into. First and foremost, you want to get the accident exchange form.

This is a form that all police in Arizona have. The Department of Public Safety, the Phoenix PD, any agency should have some sort of information exchange form. They’re going to put your information on it, they’re going to put the other party or parties’ information on there, and they’re going to exchange that between everybody involved.

That’s so that we can get that document, file a claim with the other insurance providers. It’s very important, you’re going to want to get that. That’s the starting point for any investigation into an accident. The next thing that’s very important is to get the actual accident report.

So when the police show up to an accident, they will usually write a report, not always but most of the times, they will write a report. They’ll do an accident diagram, they’ll write vehicle one rear ended vehicle two, and it’s very generic most of the time.

They’re not bringing out a real complicated, accident reconstructionist or anything unless there’s a catastrophic loss, somebody dies or there’s a very serious criminal investigation with some massive injuries.

That will result in somebody coming out who has a little bit more experience with accidents. But, for the most part, police just don’t put a lot of resources into them. That being said, there will be a police report or an accident report in the majority of cases, and so you want to get that.

You need to know what agency responded, so different agencies have different protocols. The Department of Public Safety, for example, they’ll charge you for certain things. The Phoenix Police Department, for most things, they won’t charge you, they just put it on the Internet, but you have to call and get your report number, and all that stuff.

If you want to work with us, we’ll get all that for you. The next thing that’s important to know is, if you were taken to the hospital or you were taken in an ambulance, or you went to the emergency room afterwards, you want to start making sure that you have all of that documentation gathered and available.

It’s important to know where you went, who transported you there, what doctors you saw, what treatments they performed on you because this is the beginning of your claim. This is where the injuries started, and we want to make sure we have all that documented and readily available. Other things that are important. We’ve got three line items for pictures. Pictures are so important.

Pictures of your injuries. So if you have time, if you have family members or loved ones who were there, make sure they’re taking pictures of your injuries, bruises, scrapes, burns. You want to look at anything that’s much more severe.

If they’re doing surgeries and those types of things, you want pictures of that. Pictures, as they say, speak for 1000 words. You can look at somebody’s injuries through a picture and understand that pain and that suffering that they went through, and what a catastrophic loss it is, much more easily than you can from just a written paragraph.

So make sure you’re getting pictures of your injuries. Next thing, pictures of the accident scene. So we want to look what was around at the time of the accident. Was there construction, were there pedestrians, were there schools, were there businesses, what was the weather like?

There’s a lot of information that we can gather from a picture that the police are not going to put in their report. So, if you have pictures from that scene, make sure that those are being saved.

People will often take pictures and then lose them for some reason. Make sure this stuff is getting backed up to the cloud. Make sure you put it on a thumb drive, off-site, make sure it’s being saved. We’re going to want those pictures.

And finally, the third items of pictures that we want, of the car. So let’s get some pictures of the car, not only the outside of the vehicle. Most people will take pictures of the outside of the vehicle.

We want pictures of the inside as well. What happened when the vehicle was hit? Did the inside of it crumple? Did the steering wheel move up into your face? Did the compartment for your legs, was that compressed?

What actually happened inside the vehicle as well as outside the vehicle? So, if your vehicle’s been removed, if it’s towed back to your residence or an impound lot, make sure you’re taking pictures of the inside and the outside of the vehicle.

Next, we want to make sure we’re getting all other evidence that the police have in their possession, so things like the 911 call can be very, very helpful. Things like bodycam footage, dashcam footage from the police, and we also want to see if there’s any other businesses nearby who may have been able to capture the accident on their security cameras.

Sometimes this is applicable, sometimes it’s just not. Sometimes the businesses, by the time we get to them, have already written over the video footage, or they just store it for 24 hours or 48 hours, and so it’s no longer available but, if it is available, all of these things can be very helpful in filing a claim, and remember most of the time the police, they’re not looking into this stuff.

So, you want to go into it and really request it all. Most of the time, the police are not listening to the 911 calls. Insurance agencies are not listening to the bodycams. We want to do that so that we can pull out the bits and pieces that help substantiate our claim.

We also want anybody who was there as an independent witness. So independent witnesses are people who are not involved in the accident, so people who are pedestrians, people who were sitting on the patio having dinner witnessing the accident.

If any of those people have been named in the police report, we want to make sure we get them, but oftentimes what will happen is they will come up to somebody as a result of witnessing the accident, give them a business card or exchange information, and say I saw all of that.

We want to make sure we have all of their information, contact information, documented so we can reach out to them to get a statement. And finally, it’s important that you start putting together a list of your medical providers, both before the accident and anybody that you’re seeing after the accident. We want to know who your primary care physician was.

We want to know about any prior injuries that you have. We want to know who you’re seeing as a result of the accident, what type of pain are you experiencing. Are you going to chiropractors? Are you going to get massages?

We want to know all of that, what happened as a result of the accident, how is that impacting your daily life? These are the nine things that we want to request in any car accident case.

There are many other things that we do want to request, but this is really to help you, if you have not hired an attorney to help you with some of this stuff. You want to make sure you’re getting these nine bullet points. These are the main ones. So, if you have been involved in an accident, we’re happy to help. We offer free case evaluations.

We only take a fee if we’re able to recover for you. If we’re not able to help, we don’t take a dime. We don’t take any fee unless we’re able to substantially help you recover and put you in a much better position than you’re in currently.

So give our office a call.

We offer free case evaluations like I said.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thanks for watching.

Evidencia para reunir después de que ocurre un accidente automovilístico en Arizona

Estar involucrado en un accidente puede sentirse como un torbellino, y su bienestar físico y su seguridad son siempre la prioridad.

Sin embargo, una vez que tenga la certeza de que está seguro y protegido, también es importante que se proteja de responsabilidades y pérdidas futuras. Desafortunadamente, puede ser muy poco claro exactamente cómo se puede hacer esto.

Lo primero que debe hacer cualquiera es comunicarse con un abogado de accidentes automovilísticos. Esta será la forma más fácil y eficiente de manejar un reclamo y también lo ayudará a alcanzar el mejor resultado posible dadas las circunstancias.

Si no desea ponerse en contacto con un abogado y prefiere manejar el reclamo usted mismo, aquí hay algunas cosas clave que querrá reunir como evidencia para respaldar su reclamo y protegerse de responsabilidades indebidas.

Formulario de intercambio de accidentes

Todos los departamentos de policía tienen un formulario oficial de intercambio de información. Este formulario es muy importante para presentar un reclamo ante los proveedores de seguros, ya que contendrá información clave que todas las partes involucradas necesitarán.

Informe de accidente / policía

En la mayoría de los casos, la policía redactará un informe oficial del accidente. A menos que haya sido un incidente grave que implique una pérdida catastrófica, el informe generalmente será relativamente sencillo y no estará escrito con gran detalle.

Sin embargo, es importante saber qué agencia respondió al accidente y los proveedores de seguros querrán una copia del informe oficial porque contendrá información relevante para evaluar su reclamo.

Registros de ambulancias / hospitales

Si lo llevan al hospital, ya sea en ambulancia o por otros medios, querrá reunir esa documentación y tenerla disponible.

Debe conservar la mayor cantidad posible de esta información, como a dónde fue, cómo fue transportado, quién lo trató y cuáles fueron los tratamientos reales.

Este es esencialmente el punto de partida de su reclamo, y querrá conocer toda la información pertinente para poder recuperar efectivamente lo que se perdió como resultado del accidente.

Imágenes de lesiones

Si tiene tiempo y puede, debe intentar tomar tantas fotografías de sus lesiones como sea posible. Esto incluiría hematomas, raspaduras, quemaduras y cualquier otro tipo de lesión resultante del accidente. Si se somete a alguna cirugía como consecuencia del accidente, también querrá esa documentación.

Es mucho más efectivo comunicar la gravedad de sus lesiones a través de imágenes que solo un registro escrito.

Imágenes de la escena del accidente

Las imágenes de la escena del accidente brindarán una comprensión más precisa de las circunstancias que rodearon el incidente. Las imágenes ayudarán a arrojar algo de luz sobre algunos factores importantes, como si hubo obras en la carretera, peatones cercanos, escuelas o negocios cercanos y cómo estuvo el clima. Mucha de esta información no se incluirá en el informe policial, pero respaldará su reclamo, por lo que es importante recopilar la mayor cantidad de información posible.

Imágenes de su automóvil (por dentro y por fuera)

La mayoría de las personas solo toman fotografías de los daños fuera de su vehículo, pero usted también querrá fotografías del interior. La información como si el interior de su automóvil estaba arrugado, si fue golpeado por el volante, si el compartimento para las piernas estaba comprimido, etc., es información importante al presentar su reclamo.

Todas las pruebas que tiene la policía

Hay otras pruebas que querrán, como la grabación del 9-1-1, imágenes de la cámara corporal o imágenes de la cámara del tablero. Si hubo algún negocio cercano que captó el accidente con alguna cámara de seguridad, también querrá esa información. Todos estos serán extremadamente útiles para presentar su reclamo y, si es posible, deben recopilarse.

Nombres de testigos independientes

Si hubo alguien que estuvo presente en el accidente, pero no estuvo involucrado, su información será muy valiosa. Esto podría significar peatones, negocios cercanos, residentes cercanos o cualquier persona que haya presenciado el accidente.

Las declaraciones de testigos independientes pueden ser fundamentales para la solidez de su afirmación.

Proveedores de servicios médicos antes y después de un accidente

Será importante preparar una lista de los proveedores médicos que estuvo viendo antes y después del accidente.

La información útil sería quién era su médico de atención primaria, cualquier lesión previa que pueda haber tenido, qué proveedor de atención está viendo como resultado del accidente, qué tipo de dolor está experimentando, si va a ir a quiroprácticos, etc.

Básicamente, querrá proporcionar documentación para mostrar cómo se vio afectado por el incidente y qué atención o tratamiento se necesitó como resultado del accidente.