Chances are, you or someone you know has been in a serious motor vehicle accident. In fact, it is reported that are about six million car crashes in the U.S. each year. Nearly 100 people die every day as a result of those accidents.
If you have been involved in a serious car accident, it is important to document the accident by taking photos. These can come in quite handy if you need to pursue compensation for your injuries. Just grab your cellphone and take these three types of photographs as soon as you are able.
Take photos of the accident scene
By photographing the entire accident scene, you create a detailed record of the crash. Among other potentially relevant items, be sure to photograph the following:
- Weather conditions
- Traffic patterns
- Signs and traffic lights
- License plates
- Road hazards
Take pictures of damaged vehicles
Even low-speed collisions have the potential to cause significant damage to cars, trucks and other things in the path of the collision. Taking photographs of all of the damage that was caused. There are a couple good reasons to do this. First, these photos show the extent of the property damage. More importantly, though, your photographs may help describe how the crash happened. When taking photos of damaged vehicles, do not forget to capture both exterior and interior damage.
Snap photos of the injuries
If a car accident has left you or your passengers with any type of injuries, take photographs of those as well. Do not stop after your initial set of photos, however. Instead, continue to photograph your injuries throughout the recovery process. If you must use medical devices or make home modifications, take photographs of those too.
Please be careful while you are taking your photos, especially of the scene of the accident. You won’t want to jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.