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What Should You Photograph at an Accident Scene?

Being injured in a car accident can have devastating consequences. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have evidence to support your claims and expedite the process. Accident scenes are time-sensitive, as they’re usually cleaned up quickly, and claims start within a matter of minutes. However, you can document much of the scene quickly and effectively with something you’re more than likely carrying with you: a smartphone.

Smartphones often have high-resolution cameras that are packed with technology designed to help keep images stable, clear, and vibrant. By simply snapping a few pictures of things that may prove to be important, you’ll greatly help those investigating the accident with determining fault and getting you compensation for the damages you have suffered. If a picture is really worth a thousand words as the old saying goes, then you can write a novel about your accident with just a few clicks of a button.

Here are a few things which you should consider photographing at the scene of your accident.

Traffic Control Devices

Traffic control devices are anything designed to help control the flow of traffic. This includes things like speed limit indicators, traffic lights, stop signs, any lane ending or merging signs, and much more. If the person who caused the accident ignored or willfully disobeyed one of these traffic control devices, they could be the ones held liable for the damages they’ve caused.

These pictures can also help you to remember important details about your accident, in the event you accidentally leave something out from your statement. It can be difficult to remember everything about your accident, and in fact it’s tough to recall everything even the moment after it happens. However, having photos to back up your claims and verify information after the fact can ensure your claim is handled fairly.

Tire & Skid Tracks

Tire tracks and skid tracks can tell a lot about a vehicle and what it was doing leading up to the accident. Most of the time, they can show where a vehicle was when they slammed on the brakes, and even possibly indicate how fast someone was going. While anti-lock brakes have significantly reduced on the amount of tire skidding and tracks that can occur leading up to an accident, they can still tell an important part of the story. Photographing them, including where they start, where they lead to, and how the car that made them ended up can give investigators a lot of important information that they need to piece together a more accurate depiction of what happened and then assign fault properly.

Damage to Vehicles

The type of damage done to a vehicle can explain a lot about what happened as well. Where was the car hit? How hard? Did the accident trigger the airbags? What damage was done to other vehicles? More often than not, the information that can be learned from the damage on vehicles can be used to bolster injury claims, or even disprove them. For example, if you suffer from whiplash as a result of your accident, the damage to the rear end of your car can verify that whiplash was a possibility. Photographing the damage to your car can also help you recover property damage by showing what damage occurred from the accident, and not that something happened in a previous incident.

Any Visible Injuries

Finally, if you have any visible injuries, photographing them straight away can help document them and submit them as a part of your claim. In some cases, injuries may take a while to appear, and others may not be visible any longer despite the fact that they’re still causing you pain or prohibiting you from living your life comfortably. Documenting your visible injuries can make sure you receive the medical treatment and overcome resistance or pushing back from insurance companies who may be trying to downplay your claim.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, reach out to the experienced Martin County car accident attorneys from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC by calling (866) 675-4427 today!