Second step to take after a vehicle accident - Take photos

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Kyle E. Wright
6/1/21 6:00 AM
Tags: Personal Injury

While you may precisely remember what happened before, during, and after a severe car accident, when describing it months or even years later, memories fade, and there are often several different versions of “what happened” based on which driver is asked.

There is nothing more frustrating than accurately recounting what happened in a deposition or interrogatory, only to be told by an opposing insurance adjuster or defense counsel that they think you are wrong or lying. It’s hard for a photo to lie.

A picture is worth 1,000 words…and maybe dollars too!

Take photos of the accidentImmediately following an accident, after any additional harms mentioned in Step One have adequately been averted, it’s time to put on your detective hat. Twenty years ago, we would say keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment, but thanks to modern technology, almost everyone has a camera handy on our smartphones. Pictures should be taken of everything. Most of our clients take photos immediately following the accident showing the damage to their vehicle. This is great but doesn’t paint the entire picture.

A few ideas for someone who is on the scene and able to take pictures:

Skid marks

  • Your skid marks show a last attempt to avoid an accident, preventing later arguments by
    adjustors that you weren’t paying attention.

Lack of skid marks

  • If someone caused a crash without trying to stop, this is an indicator of possible distracted driving on their part.

Immediate surroundings

  • Prevent later arguments that you were in the defendant’s blind spot or that you were somehow at fault by exactly showing what the scene looked like at the time of the crash.

Vehicle damage/placement

  • If the vehicles are not immediately moved, take a picture showing where the crash occurred.
  • This can be crucial when both sides claim the other party was wrong and can help your case when an accident reconstructionist is involved.

There is a lot going on immediately following a motor vehicle accident, but the more you can do to preserve the scene through picture evidence will only strengthen your case in the future.

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Maybe you have already been in an accident and already went through these steps. That is okay, and we are here to help you. Maybe you haven't been in an accident and are just wanting to prepare for that unfortunate scenario, check out our last blog on how to prepare for an accident. If you have been injured in an accident and have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Call our office today if you would like to speak to one of our attorneys.

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Author: Kyle E. Wright     Published: 6/1/21 6:00 AM     Tags: Personal Injury


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