In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, while you are waiting for the police to arrive and to file an accident report, you are probably not thinking about taking pictures. Instead, you might be thinking about what the accident will cost you, how long it will take to heal from your injuries, or how you are going to get to work over the next week because your car is totaled. Or you may just be in shock and too confused to think about anything.
Although all of these are very valid worries – surely you want answers to questions about your vehicle repairs, medical expenses, lost wages, and injuries – taking pictures should be one of your top priorities at the scene of a crash, assuming that you are physically capable. The following reviews why taking car accident photos is so important, as well as how to take car accident photos and pictures of the scene.
The Importance of Taking Car Accident Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. And in the case of a car accident, a photo can tell more about what happened in a crash than words alone. In fact, in many cases, photos can even contradict the words of another witness or the other driver. Some important reasons to take car accident pictures include:
Tips for Taking Car Accident Scene Photos
Now that you understand the importance of taking photos and the value that they serve when filing a car accident claim or lawsuit, it is important to understand what makes a good photo, as well as a great collection of photos that can be used as evidence. Here are some tips for how to take car accident photos:
What If I Cannot Take Photos?
Sadly, many people are too seriously injured to take photos immediately after a crash. They may be unconscious, or injured to the point where moving is unsafe or impossible. When this is the case, what should be done? How can an injured person gather evidence?
The best thing that you can do is to ask a trusted loved one to take as many photos for you as possible, and to contact an experienced car accident lawyer who can gather evidence on your behalf. Evidence after a car crash can quickly deteriorate or be destroyed (for example, debris is typically removed within a matter of hours).
The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner your attorney can travel to the accident scene and gather evidence. An attorney can also hire an accident reconstruction expert who can begin getting to the bottom of how your accident happened and who is to blame.
Contact Our Flagler and Volusia Counties Car Accident Lawyers Today
At the law offices of Chiumento Dwyer Hertel Grant, our experienced Palm Coast car accident attorneys want to help you gather the evidence you need to improve your chances of recovering maximum compensation.
In addition to gathering and organizing evidence in car crash cases, our legal team has extensive experience successfully negotiating with insurance adjusters and arguing these types of cases in court.
Contact our office now to schedule a free case consultation.