Even if you are fortunate enough never to have been in a car accident, you have probably witnessed at least one during your lifetime. This makes sense, as motor vehicle collisions happen at an alarming rate. In fact, according to Bankrate, there is a car accident every 13 seconds somewhere in the U.S.
Because collisions happen so frequently, it makes good sense to have a plan for dealing with one. Among other things, you should think about the photographs you will take after a crash. Three types of photos can be beneficial.
1. The accident scene
After an accident, it is advisable to call the police and ask an officer to write a report. This report might have gaps in it or even be incorrect in some way. Therefore, provided you can do so safely, you should take photographs of the accident scene. The following photographs might be particularly useful:
- Traffic signs and lights
- Traffic patterns
- Weather conditions and the position of the sun
- The position of all involved vehicles
- Anything else that seems relevant
2. Your damaged vehicle
A picture is worth a thousand words, and photographic documentation of your damaged vehicle can help you tell a complete story about the accident. Consequently, you should photograph any damage to the exterior and interior of your vehicle. If your personal belongings have damage, you should photograph them too.
3. Your injuries and recovery
Even though your medical records are likely to describe the extent of your physical injuries in medical terms, you want to put a personal angle on your suffering. Photographing your injuries and recovery process can accomplish this goal. Still, you should make sure you receive medical attention before reaching for your camera or smartphone.
Ultimately, if someone else causes a car accident that injures you, having good photos might increase your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and other damages.