Although smartphones have been the main cause of distracted driving accidents, they are considered helpful for taking pictures after a car accident. Taking photos of the scene and other details surrounding the collision helps preserve evidence for your car insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. When you are dealing with insurance adjusters who are investigating your claim, these pictures are used to help paint a complete picture of the accident and help you recover the full compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries and damages.
The following are several tips for capturing the most evidence possible after a car accident:
- Take pictures of the property damage: Snap photos of internal and external damage to all vehicles involved. Do not forget to photograph the make, model, and license plate numbers of the other vehicles. Be sure to capture damage to other objects or buildings, as well as any skid marks or debris.
- Take photos of your injuries: If you can, take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible after they were sustained and in the days following your accident. Documenting the recovery process of your injury will show the full extent of the harm you suffered from the crash.
- Take more pictures than your phone’s storage allows: Take more pictures than you think you will need. You might not notice something that you missed when you were originally taking the photos. Capture everything that you think is relevant.
- Take pictures from multiple angles: People tend to take a picture of one thing and then move on to the next. Rather, take multiple photos of the same thing from different angles.
- Take photos of witnesses, police officers, and the other driver: You may not recall all of the people who were present at the accident scene. It may be helpful to know who was there in case you need to speak with them later. Your lawyer may want to contact a witness or officer about giving a testimony.
What You Need to Know About Insurance Adjusters
Many people who are injured in accidents and filing claims for the first time don’t understand why they need to collect so much documentation when they trust insurance adjusters. When you get a call from an insurance adjuster after your accident, you may assume they just want to understand what happened.
It’s important, however, to know that insurance companies are looking to protect their bottom line above all else. This means that adjusters frequently use what victims say to them against them in order to undermine their claims or evade liability altogether. When you have photographic evidence, however, you can prevent insurance adjusters from giving you less financial compensation than you deserve.
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The Law Office of James M. Stanley has more than 40 years of experience serving clients in Forth Worth and throughout Texas. Because our team understands the importance of convenience during this inconvenient time, we offer 24/7 availability, meaning you’ll never have to worry about any concerns going unaddressed. If you’re too injured to travel to our office, we are more than happy to come to you at home or in the hospital. You deserve a chance to rest while our legal team handles the details of your case, from gathering evidence to interviewing witnesses.
Call (817) 591-4222, or contact us online for a free consultation with a dedicated team member. The Law Office of James M. Stanley has helped clients since 1976 and can protect you and your rights to compensation after an accident.