Being involved in a car accident is a frightening and chaotic experience. It can be quite difficult to think clearly and rationally at the scene, especially if you suffered injuries.
However, taking immediate action after a collision is imperative. By gathering evidence early on in the claim process, this evidence may be used to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
One of the most important pieces of evidence in a car wreck is photos from the scene. Pictures can show proof of the cause of the accident, what contributing factors may have had a role in the crash and the extent of damages that victims suffered. Furthermore, your photos can be presented as evidence to substantiate your injuries and the fault of the other party during negotiations with the insurance providers.
The following are effective ways to take car accident photos with your cellphone or camera:
- Take pictures of property damage, injuries, witnesses, police officers, nearby traffic signs, and the conditions of the road.
- Take as many pictures as possible—or how much memory space permits.
- Take photos of the same thing from multiple angles.
- Take photos of your injuries at multiple stages of the recovery process.
If you are too hurt to take photos at the scene, try to get a friend or a family member to take pictures on your behalf as soon as possible. If you are unable to reach out to someone quickly, certain photos such as photos of your vehicle, your injuries, and skid marks can be taken at a later date.