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Preserving Evidence in a Miami Personal Injury Case

Preserving evidence is critical.  Unfortunately, most evidence becomes increasingly difficult to obtain as time progresses.  Surveillance footage, skid marks, debris, witnesses, vehicle “black box” data, evidence of physical injuries, and many other types of evidence often disappear in the days or weeks following an accident.  For example, while many of South Florida’s busy roadways are captured by surveillance cameras stationed at surrounding convenience stores and business, these videos are oftentimes only preserved for a few days or weeks.  This is one reason it is imperative to retain an attorney soon after an accident, crash, or injury occurs.

If you retain our law firm, we will do everything we can to quickly locate and preserve case-critical evidence for your case.  If needed, we will retain investigators to locate witnesses, formally demand that pertinent surveillance footage and other potentially relevant evidence be maintained, insist that vehicles be preserved in their post-crash state, and arrange to download any electronically stored vehicle data.  There is simply no substitute for preserving this type of evidence.

Here are a few things you can do after a crash to help preserve evidence: First, document everything you can.  Today, most people carry with them a high-quality camera at all times.  Cell phones have enabled everyone to capture and preserve evidence.  You should take pictures of anything which might be relevant to your case, such as vehicle damage, the scene of a traffic accident, the location and cause of a slip, trip, or fall, any faulty equipment involved in an injury, etc.  You should also photograph any visible injuries, such as bruising, cuts, scrapes, or other marks.  Even tears or damage to clothing or footwear should be photographed.

There is no comprehensive list of what you can or should preserve following an injury.  This is best determined by a well-trained legal professional who you can trust as your advocate.  That is why you should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as you can following an injury.  At Viñas & DeLuca, PLLC, our attorneys will come to you if you are unable to visit us at one of our Florida offices.  We are happy to do so and invite you to explore our website or contact us directly to learn more.


We care about our clients and do all we can to make sure they recover physically and financially from their injuries.  We endeavor in each case to obtain the best possible result for our clients that we can.  If there is no recovery, our clients do not owe us any money for attorneys’ fees or costs.  It’s that simple. Our lawyers are only compensated if we win.


If you or a loved one have been injured in a Florida personal injury or wrongful death matter, please contact Viñas & DeLuca for a free and confidential consultation by calling (305) 372-3650.  There is never a fee or cost to you unless our law firm can recover money for you.  You can also complete our Free Case Evaluation Form or easily chat with us online, and one of our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys will contact you right away. We are here 24/7/365 to speak with you and answer your questions. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.