It goes without saying that being involved in a car accident is a very scary and traumatizing experience. Crash victims often say that it's even difficult to remember the moments after a crash occurs because of the anxiety and shock that begins to take over their minds and can make it hard to focus.
There are a few things that should be an absolute priority for anyone who is involved in an accdient; moving cars out of the roadway if possible to avoid another collision, calling police, and getting medical treatment for anyone who might need it. But the work isn't finished just because the emergencies have been taken care of.
One step that is commonly overlooked by accident victims is taking photographic evidence of the scene and all parties or vehicles involved. It may seem like a simple concept, but people often don't realize that pictures can strongly help determine and establish liability for a car accident. If you were not at fault and wish to pursue a personal injury claim after a crash, pictures can help to corroborate your side of the story and protect you from being held liable for something that was not your fault.
A majority of car accidents that result in injury involve some level of dispute over liability. In situations when the other driver is denying fault, the pictures can ultimately be a difference-maker in uncovering the truth about what really happened.
Being Prepared in the Event of a Crash
While not everyone has a camera on them at all times, most cell phones these days do have cameras. If you get into a collision and all you have available is your camera phone, take pictures with that. Image quality is not necessarily important as long as the photos clearly illustrate the scene of the crash.
It is best to take pictures of all sides of each vehicle that is involved in the accident, close-up photos of the accident scene, pictures of all license plates, and even all people involved including passengers and witnesses. Tire marks on the roadway can also be useful because they can help show the direction a vehicle was traveling and police can use them to determine a vehicle's approximate speed.
These pictures can be extremely useful when it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim because if a case proceeds to trial, they can be used as evidence in court. Trial is usually scheduled a long time in advance, which means your memory of the accident can surely fade. This is another reason why it is important to document the accident in full detail. Having a journal with information about the accident and injuries you experienced will help remind you if you go to trial.
Car accident pictures should not be posted on social media sites for a number of reasons. Insurance adjustors often scour these sites for information that can be used to their advantage (and your disadvantage). If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident and would like more information about your legal rights and options, contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling (206) 727-4000 or using the confidential contact form on this page.