Whether you’re talking to the police or filing an insurance claim after a car accident, it can be helpful to have pictures. Today, this is easier than ever. Most people who get involved in car accidents are carrying a smartphone that has a camera app, so they can take pictures right away.
But if you find yourself in this position, what pictures should you take? Below are three examples.
To start with, you need to talk to the other driver and exchange contact information and/or insurance information. At this time, it may be wise to take a picture of that person’s driver’s license and other identifying info, such as the license plate on their car or their insurance card.
Pictures of the crash scene
Next, get pictures of the crash scene that show what took place, how it happened and what damage occurred as a result. Simply having a picture of the placement of the cars on the street can provide quite a lot of evidence regarding who was at fault for the accident. It’s also important to get these photos because you may need to move your vehicles to the side of the road and the authorities may clean up the scene, meaning that the pictures are the only remaining evidence of what took place.
More specific photos
Finally, take closer pictures of more specific details. This could include damage to the vehicles or injuries that people have suffered in the crash. These pictures can help to show the direct damages from the accident, along with illustrating the severity. When asked about the costs stemming from that crash – while seeking financial compensation from the other driver – these pictures also help to document some of these costs.
A focus on these three areas will help you take appropriate pictures after an accident. Then it’s time to start looking into your options to seek financial compensation if the other driver was responsible.