Social Media a Possible Source of Evidence in Texas Car Crash

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2020 | Car Wrecks

A Texas driver is facing intoxication manslaughter charges after a car wreck last month that killed three passengers and seriously injured another driver. Since the crash, prosecutors have become aware of a live video posted to social media in the minutes before the accident in which the defendant appears to be drinking a beer while behind the wheel. Evidence such as this can be valuable not only in a criminal proceeding but also in a personal injury case seeking compensation from an at-fault driver.

Gathering Evidence For Your Personal Injury Claim

Certainly, not every negligent driver will record video evidence that would seem to point directly to the negligent behavior in question. However, if you have been injured due to the actions of another driver, a personal injury attorney may be able to use evidence from the driver’s social media to contribute to your case for compensation. Other important forms of evidence your lawyer can help you gather and present may include:

  • Photographs: Pictures of your vehicle, your injuries, and the scene of the accident can be vital in demonstrating the damages you have suffered and possible contributing factors. If you are able to do so, it is a good idea to take your own photographs as soon as possible after the crash.
  • Video camera footage: In many cases, video footage of an accident may be available from a nearby security or traffic camera, or from a dashboard camera mounted on a vehicle involved in or near the crash. Your attorney can help you uncover any such footage.
  • Police reports: It is important to notify law enforcement of an accident in which you are injured. A police officer will likely create a report of the crash, which may include statements regarding the possible cause. The officer may have also asked the other driver to submit to a blood alcohol test if there was a suspicion of intoxication. Your attorney can work with law enforcement to access the report when building your case.
  • Witness testimony: Drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bystanders, and other witnesses can offer important testimony regarding the circumstances surrounding the accident, which can help you make the case for negligence.
  • Medical records: Your claim for compensation will also require evidence of your injuries and other damages you have suffered as a result of the accident. Your attorney can help you preserve hospital and treatment records and medical bills so that you have a strong case for the most possible recovery.

Contact a New Braunfels Car Accident Attorney

Contacting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident gives you the best chance of gathering all the evidence you may need. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we will thoroughly investigate your case as we build your claim for compensation. Call a New Braunfels personal injury lawyer today at 830-606-0404 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-man-seen-facebook-live-video-apparently-drinking-car-crash-n1245101