All legal matters must have evidence to support the claims made. There are many different forms of evidence, and the best type for you matter depends on the allegations and kind of case. Evidence needed to persuade a jury someone has not committed a crime is much different than what would be required to prove a breach of contract case. The same is true in personal injury cases, where the evidence you use must be carefully chosen.
For over ten years now social media giant Facebook has been a part of most people’s everyday life. So, it only makes sense that things posted online have made their way to the Courtroom in all types of legal disputes. This practice has been in place for a few years in divorce matters, and now it seems a new form of technology will be at the disposal of litigants. The device in question is the Apple Watch. It is envisioned that the data from the Watch will be used in personal injury cases as follows:
As proof that a driver was engaged in distracting behavior while driving, such as texting or sending emails.
- To show the time of a transmission, and pinpoint whether that activity was undertaken while driving a car.
- Provide a chronology of activity, showing the period of time for which the driver was distracted.
Wearable devices are relatively new, and their use in the legal arena uncertain. But, with precedent in place allowing parties to introduce social media posts in support of their legal position, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think this practice could be expanded to other forms of electronics. Proving the cause of an accident is the first step towards recovery, and gathering all the evidence to prove negligence is a necessary component of this step. We do not limit our representation to traditional methods of discovery, and work with you to develop strategies that fit the facts of your case. Call us today for a consultation.
If you have been hurt in an accident, call our office to learn your options. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.