Car accidents can be some of the most complex situations to deal with. Scenes of an accident may change, witnesses may or may not remember what they saw, and other evidence can be overlooked or forgotten altogether.
With that being said, how do you make sure your rights are protected after an accident? How do you document your car accident?
The first simple response? Take pictures. Of the cars. Of the roadway. Even of witnesses.
As few as five years ago, people who could present pictures at an accident scene seemed fishy. Why did you have a camera there? Why did you do this? Oh, you knew right then and there that you would be making a legal claim, huh?
Now---it is as normal as waking up in the morning and breathing. Why? Simple: Everyone has a cell phone and everyone’s cell phone has a camera.
Photographs are important. Photographs offer more verbal proof of an accident scene.
Below are a few tips you can take in order to make sure you take the right kind of pictures after an accident:
- Take a photo of the vehicles involved. Make sure you take the photos at the exact scene of the accident.
- Take photos of the damage to your vehicle, as well as the other vehicles involved.
- Make sure you take close-ups of the damage done to your vehicle. The more detail in the photo, the better.
- If it’s dark outside, make sure you have your flash on while taking the photos
- After you've taken photos of the damage done to your vehicle, make sure you also take photos of the license plates of the vehicles of everyone involved.
The tips may not seem complicated. That is because they are not. They are simple, but truly can make all of the difference in the world when later documenting how the accident occurred.