Preserving Evidence After an Accident

When you’ve been injured in an accident, whether it is a car accident, slip and fall, or injury from a defective product, it is important to make sure that any evidence is preserved. An accident victim may be stressed or disoriented as a result of an injury. However, if you can preserve some evidence it can be very helpful to your case.



Pictures of the accident scene or the device or condition that caused your injury can be crucial evidence. Car accident scenes aren’t permanent and are usually cleaned up shortly after the accident. In addition, dangerous conditions that cause a slip and fall accident are usually corrected after an injury. Pictures of a dangerous product that caused your injury can also be helpful. Make sure to take pictures of any injuries you sustained.


Witness Information

Gathering the contact information of any witnesses to your accident can also be helpful. Someone may have seen what happened in your car accident or witnessed the dangerous condition that caused your injury. The testimony of an impartial witness can be important evidence.


Accident or Police Reports

If any accident or police reports were prepared as a result of your injury, it is important to obtain copies of them. The information contained in these reports can be helpful pieces of evidence in your case.


Physical Items

Physical items related to your injury can also be important in establishing your case. Hold on to the defective product that caused your injury. Make sure you keep the shoes and clothing you were wearing when you were injured in a slip and fall. These items may be needed later to establish your claim.


Help From an Attorney

You should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible after your accident as they can be very helpful in ensuring that evidence is preserved. An attorney can draft a letter of spoilation to try and prevent the other party from tampering with or destroying evidence. In addition, an attorney can help obtain other types of evidence such as surveillance video that can be helpful to your case.


Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should have your case evaluated by an experienced personal injury attorney. For over 50 years, Bonina & Bonina, P.C. have been helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.