It can be difficult to think clearly immediately after a car accident. However, it’s important that you manage to stay calm and level-headed, as the minutes following a crash are critical for preserving evidence that could potentially be extremely useful if you end up seeking compensation from the at-fault party.
One of the most important steps you can take is to photograph everything at the site of the accident. Photographs help you to create a visual record of what the scene looked like before it was cleaned up. These photos will especially come in handy when you have to deal with insurance companies, or if you need to back up your arguments in court. They can also help keep your memory of the accident both fresh and accurate.
Any camera is capable of taking these pictures, including the cameras on cell phones. The following are few tips to help you take photos at the scene of a car wreck:
- Take photos of your vehicle and any damage it sustained, as well as any other vehicles involved in the accident and their damage.
- Take photos of any skid marks at the accident site, as they can give an idea as to who braked for whom, and the speed at which the vehicles were traveling.
- Take photos of any vehicle parts, glass, debris or anything else that fell into the road in the course of the accident.
- Take photos of the accident site itself, including the intersection, parking lot, and surroundings. Include any weather conditions that may have had a factor, as well as any defective or missing signs that could control an intersection.
- Take photos of any injuries suffered by you, your passengers, and other parties, if they consent to letting you take their photo.
- Take all photos from as many different angles and distances as you can.
For more information and advice on what you should do after a car accident in Florida, contact the skilled Bradenton personal injury lawyers at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.