The time immediately following an accident can be very stressful. Between making sure nobody in your vehicle is injured and assessing the damage to your vehicle, you’re going to have a lot on your mind. However, make sure that you do not forget to take photos of the damage and the accident site. These photos will serve as very useful evidence in your insurance claim, so long as you know what to photograph.
You should try to take photos from a variety of angles and distances to capture different details and perspectives. Here are just a few examples of the subjects you should focus on:
- Your vehicle and the damage it suffered
- Other vehicles and the damage they suffered
- Vehicle parts, glass or other debris spread on the roadway in the accident area
- Skid marks leading up to the collision site
- The accident site in general, including a clear shot of its location (such as an intersection of parking lot)
- Any existing traffic signs or signals and their location and condition
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident (capture puddles, for example, or ice on the pavement)
- Any injuries you or your passengers sustained, or injuries sustained by other people involved in the collision if they consent to having their photo taken
With the proliferation of smartphones over the last decade, it has become easier than ever to document this sort of evidence at an accident site. Just make sure you maintain the presence of mind to get photos of everything you need. The more visual evidence you have at your disposal, the better you’ll be able to make your case in an accident or injury claim.
To learn more about the steps to take after an auto accident in Florida, contact an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer with Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.