Even if you have never been in one, you probably know car accidents happen quite frequently in the U.S. In fact, according to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are about 13 car accidents every minute somewhere in the country.
Because of the frequency of motor vehicle accidents, it is advisable for all motorists to think about how they would respond to one. If you have a collision, creating a photographic record of your damages typically makes sense. What kind of pictures should you take after a car accident, though?
You might be able to file an insurance claim or take legal action to recover financial compensation for your property damage. Therefore, you should photograph damage to the interior and exterior of your vehicle. You also should take photographs of any damage to your personal property, such as your smartphone or luggage.
It is usually wise to go to the emergency room after any type of car accident. After all, you might have hidden injuries that have few or no immediate symptoms. While your medical records are good evidence of your physical injuries, photographs of your injuries can put a human angle on your suffering.
The accident scene
If there is some doubt about the at-fault driver, taking photographs of the accident scene can be helpful. When you pull out your camera, capture signs, roadways, weather conditions, all involved vehicles and anything else that seems relevant. Remember, though, you should only photograph the accident scene if you can do so without endangering yourself or others.
Ultimately, by taking some meaningful photographs, you are likely to improve your chances of receiving the financial compensation you need to put your life back together again.