The first few hours and days after an accident are usually the most essential to preserving evidence. This is usually very difficult because the first few hours and days after a major accident, you are concerned with mourning and medical treatment rather than litigation. The big personal injury cases are usually the ones where the injured party had the forethought to preserve as much evidence as possible.
So what does it mean to preserve the evidence? I will give you a few examples. One case down in Texas was a product liability case against a manufacturer of a car battery. The victim was helping a young woman jump start her car when the battery exploded in his face. Unfortunately, he did not make it. A tow truck came an towed the car off. As you can imagine, if a personal injury law firm is going to prove a defect in the battery, it almost always needs the battery. Without examining the battery, how do you prove it was defective? There are ways to prove a defect product without the product, but none of the evidence is as strong as the product itself. Thanks to aggressive lawyering and highly competent non-legal help, the battery was tracked down.
If you have been in an accident, whether it is medical malpractice, a car accident, exposure to toxins, dog bites, etc. it is essential to preserve as much evidence as possible before it is too late. Imagine if the car was salvaged and compacted before the battery was retrieved. How could anyone prove that the particular battery had faulty welding? It would have been impossible.
Even before you start looking for a personal injury attorney in South Jordan, Salt Lake, or anywhere in Utah, you need to think about preserving the evidence.