Auto accidents can be an overwhelming experience for most people. If you have been injured in the car accident, it makes it that much harder. In the moments just after the accident, it is hard to think rationally or clearly about what you need to do. Most people will call 911 and the police and fire department will show up to make the scene even more hectic.
A few important actions at the scene of a car accident can help you tremendously after the accident especially if you were the one not at fault. These actions could help you recover compensation for your injuries as well as the extent of damage to your car or truck. One of the best ways to secure evidence is by taking photos of the auto accident. When you take photos, include the damages to both vehicles as well as the scene around the car accident. If you are unable to take photos because of injuries or you do not have a camera or cameraphone handy, ask a friend or someone on scene if they can do it.
Photographs can provide critical details about how an accident occurred, who may have been at fault and what damages were sustained.
Some things to remember when taking photos at an auto accident scene:
- Most importantly, if you have serious injuries, seek medical care immediately. Do not put yourself in any more danger trying to take photographs while injured. If you can, ask a family member, friend or bystander to take some photos.
- The first thing you should do after a car accident is call 911 and get the police on the way. If there are injuries ask that EMS also respond to the car accident. Stay calm, assess your situation and check for any injuries to you and your passengers. Turn on your hazard lights. Do not exit the vehicle until it is safe to do so.
- If you are not injured and you will not be immediately going to the hospital, gather as much evidence as possible which includes taking photos. Get the name, contact information and insurance information of the other drivers, record the models and license plate numbers of all cars and trucks involved in the accident and names and phone numbers of witnesses. Make sure to take photos of the accident and anything relevant to the crash such as poor signage, weather, road conditions, etc.
Car Accident Photo Taking Tips
Take as many pictures as possible and as safe as possible. Take photos from multiple angles, show all the damage to all vehicles. Take close up shots as well as photos that show the entire accident scene. Also take photos of your injuries if possible. The hospital or doctor visit will corroborate your photos but since they do not take photos, your images may better show the extent of injuries.
Seek out personal injury attorney
Attorney Javier Marcos is an experienced personal injury attorney that can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. It is important to retain the services of a qualified attorney in cases where severe damage and injuries have occurred. Insurance companies might not have your best interest in mind as they send out adjusters to settle claims. Our firm will represent you and your best interest. It is important that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can get started on collecting evidence to present the strongest case possible for your car accident.