You or a loved one has been injured in an accident.  You obviously have a lot on your mind and a lot to do.  It does not matter what type of accident that you or your loved on were injured in (car, slip and fall or bicycle), as long as it was not your fault, collect and preserve as much evidence as possible.  

Here are some obvious and not so obvious pieces of evidence to preserve:

1.  PHOTOS: 

  1. Take pictures of the accident scene and location if you are able.  If you are too injured and unable to take pictures right after the accident, go back as soon as you can and take pictures.  
  2. If outside, take pictures at the same time of day as the accident happened
  3. Take pictures from multiple angles.
  4. Take a lot of pictures of your injurires...cuts, bruises, swelling.
  5. Take pictures of any medical devices you may require.
  6. Pictures of the damage your personal, motorcycle, bicycle.
  7. If you fell, take pictures of what was responsible for your fall.


  1.  If you fell, keep the shoes that you were wearing (and do not wear them again after the accident).
  2.  If your car, motorcycle or bicycle was totaled, be sure that you know where it is taken to.  (If there was a wrongful death, this is crucial).
  3. If you were wearing a helmet, preserve it.  The same goes for any other clothing you were wearing.


  1. If possible, obtain witness information.  As many witnesses as you can.
  2. Emergency room records and discharge information. 
  3. We will obtain the police report and medical bills on your behalf

After you have collected as much evidence as you possibly can, then it is in your best interest to let an experienced personal injury lawyer take over from there.  There is a lot more discovery that will need to take place.  The insurance company does not have your best interest at heart and they will attempt to ignore important evidence.  You need a professional on your side.  

You have enough to think about after an accident.  We are here to make things easier for you and to get you the most that you deserve.  Call us now...the call and consultation are free.  

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982