A car accident is never a good moment. You are hurt, your car is damaged, and your plans are disrupted. Moving forward from the scene cannot come quickly enough. However, taking time to document this moment is important. Soon a tow truck will pick up your car. A road crew will clear the remaining debris. The other driver and their car will be gone. If you want your claim for compensation based on more than just your memory, take accident photographs.
What to Include from the Scene
The scene of an accident can be dangerous, so only remain there if it is safe. Additionally, if you are severely injured, seek immediate medical attention. But if you can, take photos of your property damage, any visible injuries, and the other driver’s information. Also, document the following:
- Skid marks. They help prove where a car started to brake and how fast it was traveling.
- Road signs. They provide context like the speed limit, any poor road conditions, warnings to reduce speed, and lanes that merge.
- The environment. Photos of the weather, sunlight, and any poorly lit areas provide a more three dimensional picture of the accident.
- Obstructions. The other driver may share fault with obstructions on the road that contributed to the accident.
- Interior damage. Damage to the car interior and your personal property are also a part of your claim for compensation.
- Location of the cars. If any car was moved after the accident, photograph its original location on the road to confirm where the accident occurred.
How Personal Injury Lawyers Use Accident Photographs
When you photograph your accident, you ensure your side of the story is backed up with evidence. When you provide them to personal injury lawyers, they add value. Personal injury lawyers apply their expertise in the law, investigation, and evaluation to the evidence to win better settlements.
The personal injury lawyers at Sam & Ash, LLP have recovered over $400 million for their clients. That is money the insurance company never gives up without a fight. Put Sam & Ash, LLP on your side by calling 1-800-304-2000.