Your Secret Weapon After a Car Accident
Your Camera Might Be Your Best Friend After an Accident
As much as we'd like to eliminate them altogether, car accidents can still happen – no matter how careful you are. So if we can't prevent them, we might as well be prepared if we're ever involved in one.
Be your own best friend after a car accident. We often hear from clients injured in a car accident, asking us, "What could I have done differently?" The answer may surprise you.
Snap a Pic to Save the Scene
The old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words," is certainly true in the event of a car accident. One of the most important things in any legal case is evidence. And what's cleared off the road immediately after a car accident? The evidence.
That's right. In some areas, even road signs ask you to move your car away from the accident scene. Granted, these signs exist for good reason. They want to move you away from harm and out of oncoming traffic. The fact remains: car accident scenes are most important right after the accident.
That's why we recommend snapping some photos. It's easier now than ever before. Most drivers carry a portable camera in their pockets every day. Cell phone companies have been putting better and better cameras in our phones for years. Just remember, you aren't trying to win a photo contest. Your pictures just need to capture the right stuff.
What Do You Need to Photograph After an Accident?
If you or your passenger is able to take photos, we recommend focusing on the following 6 things:
- Damage to the Car – These photos can document exactly how your car was damaged after the accident. As vehicles are moved from the scene and repaired, a photo is a great way to show just what happened to car after the collision.
- The Other Car – Snap a shot of the other car's damage as well. The insurance company and your legal team can use these to recreate the point of impact. It'll help them understand exactly what happened during the crash.
- The Road – Notice any skid marks? Snap a shot of those as well. They give a clear indication of the direction and possible velocity of the car that left them behind.
- The Overall Accident Site – Safely take a picture of the entire accident scene. Whether it's an intersection, parking lot, or roadway, getting a big picture for what happened can definitely help.
- The Weather Conditions – Make sure to document any adverse weather conditions as well. Take a photo of ice, snow, or standing water that may have lead to the accident. It could reveal more than you think.
- Any Injuries Sustained – Snap a few photos of the injuries you sustained. External injuries can heal or change as your claim moves on. With these photos, you'll be able to prove the extent of your injuries at the time of the accident.
Know the Steps to Take to Protect Yourself
Car accidents are always confusing, frustrating affairs. It's important to keep a clear head and know the right steps to take after an accident. It could make the difference between paying out of your own pocket and getting what you deserve.
As always, if you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, contact our law firm for a free consultation. We'll answer your questions and help you determine your best course of action. We're available any time, and we're ready to help you get back on track.