After an accident, there are several things you can do to help your case. If and whenever possible, take pictures or have someone else take pictures at the accident scene. In case stories change or accounts conflict, photos may provide the best proof as to what actually took place. Taking photos should be the highest priority on your post-accident checklist.
Post-Accident Photo List
Take photos of the vehicles.
- Take plenty of photos of the vehicles involved in the accident and be sure to snap pictures from every angle.
- You should take some close ups and some from a distance. For the close up photos, pay especially close attention to the point of impact and areas of damage. When investigating the accident, attorneys, officers, and insurance adjusters look to the types of damage (e.g. dents, scratches, paint marks from your car) to determine what took place and who is at fault.
- Also, take photos from a good distance to see the directions of travel and positions of the vehicles on the roadway.
- Take pictures before moving or relocating the vehicles. You may take photos while waiting for the officers to arrive.
If possible, it is a good idea to timestamp the photos taken with your mobile phone so that you can show that the photos were taken at the time the police were notified.
Take photos of the scene of the accident.
- Take pictures of the roadway before and after the vehicles are removed.
- Be sure to capture any skid marks or property damage.
- Taking pictures at the accident scene will also help you to capture the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident.
Take photos of the other driver’s information.
- Ask the other driver for his/her driver’s license information and auto insurance card. If you decide to not wait for the police, take a picture of both cards.
- And should the at-fault driver agree to handle everything, have him/her write, sign, and date a statement to that effect. Take a photo of the statement in case you misplace it.
If the other driver is unwilling to produce the information or statement, notify the police and wait on an investigating officer who can collect the information for the report.
Take photos of the police report information.
- Most times, when an accident is reported, the officer can provide you with a report or item number. You will need this information to obtain the police report. Write the number down and take a picture of it in case you misplace it.
The only way to obtain the ultimate compensation is by documenting everything and hiring the right personal injury attorney. If you’ve been in a car accident through no fault of your own, contact a Morris Bart attorney immediately.