When you are involved in a car accident, thinking about all of the crucial steps that you need to take is presumably the furthest thing from your mind. Instead, you are likely nervous, panicked, and upset about what is going on. Your first concern is whether you are hurt and what to do next. While it can be hard to remember amid the chaos, if you are able, taking photos instantly after a car accident can be a necessary part of recovering damages in an injury claim. Here are some of the reasons to show why taking pictures is necessary:
It can prove physical damage to your vehicles:
One reason that taking pictures following an accident is essential is to explain the extent of damage that a vehicle has experienced. If you do not take photographs immediately after your accident — and assure that they are dated as such — an insurance adjuster may raise questions about whether the certain loss to the vehicle was related to the crash or another incident
It is photo evidence of injuries:
In addition to documenting damage to your vehicle or debris and situations surrounding the accident, you should also take photos of your injuries. It includes any cuts, bruises, breaks, contusions, etc that you may have. Taking photographs of your injuries can show the degree of injuries that you have sustained. During the recovery process, you should continue to take photos.
WHAT SHOULD I TAKE PICTURES OF?
After a car accident, you should take photographs of as many things related to the accident as possible. It comprises, but is not limited to:
- Any marks on the road
- Damage to all the vehicles included in the accident
- Damage to any other property
- Inside of your car
- Your injuries at the time of the accident and during the recovery process
- Traffic signs in the area
The best time to take pictures after a car accident is as soon as possible. If you have not sustained severe injuries and are in a safe location, use the time while you’re waiting for the police to show up to fill your camera roll. If you have sustained serious injuries and are incapable of taking photos at the time of the accident first happens, that is understandable. As soon as you are able, ask a friend to take pictures for you. Or, talk to an attorney who can collect evidence and capture photos on your behalf.
If you wait too long to take pictures, the evidence may change or be altered, and will no longer be accurate.