Why You Should Take Pictures After a Car Accident
If you find yourself involved in a Florida car accident, you may understandably be focused on factors such as waiting for the police to arrive and generate an accident report as well as thinking about the impact of the collision on you physically and financially. While it is totally understandable to be concerned about these valid worries, you should keep at the forefront of your mind – assuming that you are physically capable – that you should use your phone camera to take photos as soon as you have used it to call 9-1-1 and summon authorities. The pictures you take at the accident scene can later help provide irrefutable proof that things occurred where and how you assert that they did and can be essential evidence if you later choose to pursue compensation for your injuries. Even if you later pursue that compensation from your own insurance company based on Florida’s no-fault insurance, obtaining fair compensation can be challenging in any context and the simple act of taking pictures can help you be successful.
What Should I Take Pictures of?
Taking pictures of the accident scene can be an important step toward documenting factors that help prove fault such as the position of cars, the point of impact, and traffic signs and other road conditions. This photographic evidence can also help demonstrate the extent of the damage done to your car during the crash and that those damages occurred during the actual collision and not at some other unrelated time.
And as important as it is to take pictures of the cars involved in the accident and the surrounding areas, you shouldn’t stop there. In addition to that critical step, taking pictures of your injuries is one of the most important things that you can photograph after a crash. Photos can help you later prove that the injuries you are suffering from occurred during the crash and can also be used to combat any insurance company claims that the injuries were pre-existing or unrelated to the collision.
Further, don’t forget to take pictures of:
- Any witnesses and their names and contact information;
- The responding police officer and their badge number/information;
- The license, license plate, and insurance information of the other parties involved in the collision; and
You should take pictures of anything and everything that might be relevant to your claim. There is no such thing as taking too many pictures and in some cases, even photographs that initially seem unnecessary may end up providing the most important information.
Contact Our Lawyers for Help
If you have been in a Florida car accident and have questions about how to proceed, talking to an experienced lawyer can help you understand your legal options and make informed decisions toward securing your future financially. As the Tampa personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm, we can help you evaluate whether you have a viable claim and assist you with fighting for every dollar you rightfully deserve. You won’t have any upfront payments and you don’t pay legal fees unless we achieve a favorable settlement or verdict, so you should not hesitate to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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