Car accidents are stressful enough as they are. Thinking about a to-do list after the fact just adds to frustration and apprehension. There are many things you can do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident that will go a long way toward protecting your legal rights. This blog post will cover taking pictures at the scene of a car accident and other details surrounding the crash.
How Pictures Help
A great way to preserve evidence at the scene of an accident is to take photographs. They will come in handy when dealing with the insurance companies and they will also be a big asset in a personal injury lawsuit. Photos of an accident help paint a picture of the location of the collision, driving conditions, the position of the vehicles, and other details. They also help to refresh your memory when speaking with the insurance company or when testifying in a deposition.
The Type of Camera Doesn't Matter
Remember, you’re not selling art with your photographs. They simply need to preserve evidence of the accident, meaning any type of device with do fine. These days almost everyone carries a cell phone, so this may not be an issue to worry about. Phone cameras will most likely have the ability to timestamp photos. Make sure this function is enabled.
Getting the Details
Accidents are overwhelming situations, and it may not be obvious which details will become important later on. Just remember that the more pictures you take, the better. If you have limited storage capacity due to something like a disposable camera, choose your pictures carefully. Most likely you have your phone and can take a lot of pictures and sort through them later. This is the best way to go.
Try taking pictures of:
- The damage to your car
- Other cars involved and damage they sustained
- Skid marks
- Vehicles parts, such as shattered glass, and other debris.
- Accident site (intersection, parking lot, etc.)
- Weather conditions
- Visible bodily injuries to you, your passengers, and other parties
Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyer
If you were involved in a collision due to the negligence of another person or party, it is in your best interest to seek help from an experienced attorney who specializes in auto accident and injury claims. Trying to deal with the incident yourself can leave you feeling overwhelmed by all the legal jargon and the confusing process of settling a claim. Our Law firm has been helping car accident victims in the city of Philadelphia for over thirty years. Call today to schedule a consultation.