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What Is Considered Physical Evidence in a Car Accident Claim?

Physical evidence can generally be defined as any evidence that can be physically seen or measured after a car accident.

When you’re injured in a car accident, one of the first things you will generally need to do is file a claim with the insurance company. To do this, you will need to provide them with information about what happened, as well as any supporting evidence. One type of evidence you may need to provide is “physical evidence.” However, you may wonder what will be considered physical evidence in a car accident.

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What is Considered Physical Evidence?

Physical evidence can be defined as any evidence that can be physically seen or measured. This could be something as small as a torn piece of clothing or a single drop of blood. It could also be something larger, such as a damaged vehicle.

More examples of Physical Evidence: 

Medical Records: These are records from your doctor or any other medical professionals that you saw after the accident. They will detail your injuries and treatment plan.

Witness Statements: These are statements from people who saw the accident happen and can attest to what they saw. These can be written or recorded statements.

Pictures: These include photographs of the scene of the accident and any injuries you sustained.

Police Report: This is the official report filed by the responding officer(s). This will include information about what they saw when they arrived on the scene, as well as any citations that were issued.

Clothing: If you were wearing clothing that was ripped or stained with blood after the accident, this could be submitted as evidence.

Public Records: These records can help show whether or not either driver involved in the accident has a history of accidents or traffic violations.

Your Written Narrative of the Accident: This should include information about how the accident happened, as well as any injuries that you sustained as a result.

It’s worth noting that not all physical evidence is created equal; some types of physical evidence are better than others. The best physical evidence is usually objective, verifiable, and credible. 

  • Objective physical evidence is free from interpretation or bias; it’s factual rather than opinionated. 
  • Verifiable physical evidence can be corroborated by another source, such as a witness statement or police report. 
  • Credible physical evidence comes from a reliable source. 

Physical evidence plays an important role in car accident claims by providing objective proof of what happened in an accident. If you have been injured in a car accident, try to get as much physical evidence as possible. It might help prove your case beyond a shadow of a doubt, helping increase your chances for a successful claim. 

That said, it’s worth noting that physical evidence is just one type of evidence that you may need to provide. Other types of evidence, such as circumstantial evidence, could also be used to support your claim. The best thing to do if you have been involved in a car accident is to speak with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney who can help you gather the evidence you need and build a strong case. 

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Updated: October 10, 2022