Are you suffering injuries from an accident that was someone else’s fault? Then you’re probably pursuing the daunting task of a personal injury lawsuit. These can be some of the most difficult cases that lawyers handle because there is often very little hard evidence to enter. However, technological advances are making things easier. Here are four ways technology can help you make your personal injury case.
Use Camera Footage as Hard Evidence
A picture is worth a thousand words, and camera footage is worth a thousand testimonies when it comes to your personal injury case. Think of any cameras that may have been recording your accident and try to secure the footage. Evidence like security camera footage of a fall or dash cam video of a vehicle crash can provide hard, undeniable proof of what happened and who is at fault.
Look for Evidence on Social Media
With almost 80% of Americans using social media, these digital playgrounds are great ways to dig up evidence in your personal injury case. Many people overshare on social media or don’t realize that their profile is open to the public. You may be able to sniff out a key piece of information from snooping on the defendant’s profiles. Consider choosing a law firm with a specialist in social media consulting on staff to help you find and take advantage of online information leaks.
Use Email Communication for Receipts
Personal injury cases can often devolve into a round of he said, she said. However, written proof of what each person said changes the game. Try to communicate via email or text messages as often as possible. People can always deny any statements made over the phone, but statements in writing are undeniable.
If you must communicate over the phone or in person, consider recording your conversations for evidence. Be sure to thoroughly research your jurisdiction’s laws about recording conversations first. In some states, you must disclose to the other party that you are recording while in other states only one party in a conversation needs to agree in order to lawfully record it. Ask your lawyer before admitting any recorded conversations into evidence.
Although technology offers many methods that can help you win your personal injury case, don’t forget about other strategies. Personal witnesses, character witnesses and expert witnesses are still vital elements of your case. Look for an experienced attorney who can effectively utilize both witness statements and technological evidence to build a winning case.
Author information: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.