When visiting the scene, be sure to inqiure of any potential witnesses to the incident
This should be obtained as soon as possible, and will give details such as the date of incident, time reported to the department, day of week, address, date of birth, license plates, etc
One of the most important aspects of evidence in any personal injury case is the compilation of photographs relating to the incident. This includes photos of the client, the scene, and the damage to BOTH cars
In many cases there is either newspaper coverage or television coverage of the incident. If there hasbeen such coverage, obtain copies of the particular news item even if it means the cost of videotape or photograph from the newspaper.
Such maps can be used to diagram the scene of the accident and will help to verify the accuracy of a diagram for use at trial.
In many cases the status of the weather is very relevant to liability. For example, in a winter collision case the defendant will often contend that the accident was unavoidable because of slippery conditions and was not due to negligence.
The estimates of property damage will contain a list of the parts of the automobile damaged and the extent of such damage.
When possible, obtain a credit report on the potential defendant. That report may include important information as to address, previous addresses, credit problems, etc. The report may also show prior claims or judgments resulting from previous automobile collisions.