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Crucial pieces of evidence after a distracted driving accident

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

For those injured in distracted driving incidents, collecting evidence against the at-fault driver is essential to their recovery journey. The compensation they might receive from a successful settlement, backed by solid evidence, can help cover medical bills and other related expenses. This highlights its importance.

To help illustrate this, here’s some evidence that can be used against the driver at fault.

Phone records

Phone records can be a goldmine of information in distracted driving cases. They can show whether the driver was texting, calling or using their phone in any other way during the accident.

The information from these records can confirm that the driver was engaged in other activities besides driving, which makes them to blame for the accident.

Eyewitness accounts

Eyewitness accounts can provide invaluable information about the exact happenings of the accident. An eyewitness could be a passenger in one of the vehicles, a pedestrian or another driver who saw the accident unfold.

These individuals can testify about the driver’s behavior, such as whether the driver was looking at their phone or swerving in their lane. They can help add credibility to the other pieces of evidence and help build a strong case against the distracted driver.

Dashcam video and other footage

Dashcam videos and other surveillance footage can provide concrete evidence of a distracted driving accident. The footage can show what the driver was doing leading up to the accident.

For instance, the video might show the driver looking down at their phone instead of the road. It can also capture the actual moment of the accident, which can be important in figuring out who’s at fault.

Businesses near the accident site might also have surveillance cameras that capture the incident, and these videos can be available upon request for the case.

Other physical evidence

Besides the above types of evidence, there can be other things at the scene that can help prove a driver was distracted. For example, food or makeup found in the vehicle could suggest the driver was eating or applying makeup while driving. Similarly, a GPS device set to a recent destination could imply the driver was operating it while on the road.

Accessing evidence, like phone records or surveillance footage, can be challenging. Phone companies usually won’t release their users’ records without a court order. Seeking a legal professional can help in these situations.

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