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Crash Scene Evidence That Can Aid a Manhattan Auto Accident Lawsuit


There might be all kinds of evidence at the scene of a Manhattan car accident. As an injured plaintiff considering a lawsuit, you shouldn’t overlook a single scrap of this evidence. Fortunately, you can rely on an experienced injury lawyer in Manhattan to gather, compile, and present this evidence for you. You might be able to collect some of this evidence yourself.


You can gather helpful evidence by snapping a few photographs with your phone. Even if your injuries are serious, it may be possible to take out your phone and capture photographic evidence. These photos may depict vehicle damage, your own injuries, and the surrounding traffic signs/lights. All of these factors could help you prove negligence and achieve justice.

 Eyewitness Contact Information 

Contact information from eyewitnesses is one of the most important things you can collect from a crash scene. If you can, ask eyewitnesses for their names and phone numbers. Ask as many people as you can. Your lawyers might be able to track down these witnesses and convince them to testify on your behalf. They might have seen another negligent driver causing your accident through some form of negligence – such as improper merging.

 Tire Marks 

Police officers and investigative professionals sometimes examine tire marks at the scene of traffic accidents. These tire marks can often help investigators determine how fast certain vehicles were moving at the time of the collision. Sometimes, tire marks help prove that a negligent driver was speeding prior to the accident. Although you cannot gather this type of evidence yourself, you can ask investigators to testify about their conclusions from tire mark analysis.

 Discarded Items 

Crash scenes are often filled with all kinds of discarded items. Sometimes, officers find certain incriminating items inside crashed vehicles. These might be drug paraphernalia, such as bongs or syringes. You might also find empty bottles of alcohol in vehicles. Even a discarded Happy Meal may indicate that the driver was distracted by food prior to the accident.

 The Vehicles 

You can also gather important insights by examining the vehicles involved in the collision. Vehicle damage can show where impacts occurred, and this may help prove negligence. You might also find evidence that a vehicle has been illegally modified. For example, the vehicle might have unsafe modifications for street racing – indicating a degree of recklessness for the driver.

Key Takeaways 

  • It’s best to gather as much evidence as possible after a crash
  • Certain evidence may disappear or become unreliable with time
  • An injury lawyer has the necessary experience to collect crash scene evidence

Find a New York Accident Lawyer 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced New York personal injury lawyer, look no further than Cohan Law, PLLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs throughout the Manhattan area – including those whose lives have been irrevocably altered by serious car accidents. With our assistance, you can gather crucial evidence that may help you pursue compensation. Book your consultation today to get started.




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