Don’t Forget, Taking Photos After your Car Accident in PG County
As any experienced PG County automobile accident lawyer knows, after an accident you will likely feel scared and overwhelmed by your experience. Yet to give yourself the best possible opportunity to prove that you were not at fault for your accident, you would be wise to properly document the damage to your vehicle and to the vehicles of the other parties involved in the accident. You may read this warning and think that you will never be in a car accident, because you are a cautious and defensive driver. However Forbes reports that the average driver reports an accident every 17 years. So even though you may not expect to find yourself in a car accident, you are well served by knowing what to do in the event of a car accident. One great technique is to keep a note in your car that will instruct you on what to document in case you do find yourself in an unfortunate accident.
Immediately after an accident, before you consult with a PG County auto accident lawyer, make sure that all parties involved are functional. See if anyone requires medical attention or an ambulance, and call the police if anyone is hurt or if a car can no longer operate safely. Do not allow any parties involved to move their cars unless they are physically capable of doing so, and their current location is blocking traffic. Once you are confident that everyone’s immediate needs are met, start taking pictures of damage. Make sure that you document property damage, vehicular damage, physical injuries, skid marks on the road, and the placement of the cars relative to one another.
Capture Pictures at Different Distances
Capturing photographic evidence of the crash at different distances allows you to present the crash from different perspectives, creating a more comprehensive image of the whole incident. Make sure to get close up photos of damage and skid marks, as well as medium distance shots and shots ten to fifteen feet away from your vehicle which will position your car relative to the other cars in the accident. If you end up needing the services of an automobile accident lawyer in PG County, these pictures will be crucial to your supporting evidence. The more evidence you have, the better prepared you will be for your day in court.
What was the weather like during your car accident? Was it sunny, raining, or in any way abnormal? Were you near a dusty construction site? Especially in instances where someone was injured as the result of a car accident you were involved in, capturing pictures of external factors is essential to explaining your claims in court. Focus on photographing the weather, visibility, and pictures of the area where your car crash occurred.
Photographs are some of the most valuable things you can have as you attempt to determine fault in your car accident case. If or when you attempt to settle your claims, photos can determine or change who is assigned fault. By taking photos after your car accident, you can protect yourself from wanton penalties and protect yourself as a driver.
If you were recently involved in a car accident, contact Cohen & Cohen PC for more information and a free case evaluation.