The burden of proof in a car accident claim lies with the person seeking damages, which is why it’s crucial to gather as much evidence as possible for your motor vehicle injury case. Louisiana has a one-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims from a car accident, but evidence can become more difficult to locate as time passes. For this reason, you should take action on your case as soon as you are able to do so.
Evidence to Establish Liability
Establishing liability is the first task in winning a personal injury claim. Types of evidence that are helpful to determine responsibility for the accident include:
- Law enforcement reports
- Photos of the accident scene
- Witness testimony
- Surveillance or traffic cam video footage
- Cell phone records to prove texting and driving
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
Evidence to Document Damages
Once you have established liability, you need to prove the damages you have suffered. Types of evidence that can help document your damages include:
- Photos of your injuries after the accident and during the healing process
- Medical records
- Statements from your doctors
- Medical bills
- Photos of damages to your vehicle
- Estimates to repair or replace your vehicle
- Pay stubs documenting lost wages
- Statements from your employer about how your injuries have affected your ability to work
- Journal entries detailing your pain and suffering
- Testimony from qualified expert witnesses about any accident-related permanent disabilities you have suffered.
Have You Been Injured In A Louisiana Car Accident?
If you've been hurt in a car accident you need to speak with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Alexandria office directly at 318.541.8188 to schedule your free consultation.