Take Photos of Your Vehicle Crash
We have all heard a picture is worth a thousand words. This is particularly true when having to prove your damages to an insurance company (or jury) following a vehicle collision.
Take photos of the vehicle damageTake photos of your car, focusing on the damages sustained in the crash. Photograph each side of the vehicle straight on before focusing on documenting the damaged areas of the car. Next, take close-up photos of the damage and make sure you have some broader views (zoomed out) for context. Do the same for other vehicles involved in the crash. The biggest problem I typically see are someone having just a few photos zoomed in so much on the damage, I can't even tell what part of the car they involve. While having the close up pictures are important, the zoomed out "big picture" shots are equally important.
Take photos of the sceneTake photographs of the street layout, and traffic signs. Try to include pictures that show the vehicle's position relative to its closest landmark and any roadside debris, marks, and gouges on the roadway. Times change and things get moved, often the roadway or signs will be changed after a crash and witnesses memories fade as to how an intersection or street was before constructions or the new signs in a particular area.
Be SafeOf course it is a very scary and confusing time after an automobile crash. Most importantly be safe and get treated for your injuries above and beyond anything else. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but nothing is more important than your health.