Even if you drive responsibly, you may eventually find yourself in the middle of an automobile collision. While carrying a roadside kit may help you respond to an emergency, your smartphone may be valuable for pursuing reasonable compensation from the negligent driver who caused the accident. That is, provided that you can do so safely, you may want to use your phone’s camera to document the accident scene.
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This is particularly true when it comes to personal injury claims. Still, some pictures have greater value than others. Here are three types of photographs that you should take after a car crash:
If you or your passengers sustain any type of injury in a car crash, obtaining medical attention is your top priority. Nonetheless, you should not forget to photograph physical injuries. You also should continue to take pictures during the recovery process.
- Property damage
Car accidents can cause extensive damage to vehicles. A good photograph can help document your property damage. Furthermore, it can provide critical insight into how the crash unfolded. Therefore, you should take a few photographs of the damage to your vehicle, other vehicles and other property. Remember, your vehicle may have damage to both its exterior and interior.
- The entire scene
During a collision, it is often tempting to focus on just injuries and property damage. This approach is probably a mistake, though. Instead, try to shoot the entire scene. Often, wide-angle shots paint a complete picture of the crash, providing context for the other photos you take. Be sure to snap some photographs of weather conditions, traffic patterns, signage and other relevant subjects.
While any car crash can ruin your day, a serious one may leave you with life-altering injuries and considerable property damage. To boost your odds of receiving fair compensation, you should have a complete record of the accident. As long as you stay safe while taking photographs, capturing certain images is probably a good idea.