Should I Take Photos At The Scene of a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?

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Getting in a car accident of any kind is a scary and confusing experience. Whether the accident was minor or severe, there are some things you should always do at the scene of the accident. 

One of the most important things to remember about the aftermath of a car accident is the documentation that will be necessary to provide to your insurance company. Among police reports and eyewitness accounts, photos of the accident and sustained injuries are crucial to a strong case. 

So, let’s take a look at why photographic evidence is such an important part of a car accident case. 

Photos for Insurance Purposes

Since Florida is a no-fault state, you will most likely be seeking compensation from your own insurance provider. Photos and other forms of documentation are very important to provide to your insurance company along with your claim. 

You should also seek medical attention as soon as you can for any injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Photos of the accident, your vehicle, and your injuries should all be taken as evidence for your claim as well as a personal reminder of the incident. 

How to Take Photos at the Scene of a Car Accident

It’s crucial that you maintain safety after a car accident. Before you attempt to collect any documentation, the scene must be safe for you to do so. Call the police and seek any necessary medical attention right away. 

There may be more severe accidents where medical attention is needed immediately and you’re unable to get photos of the scene. By working with police, you may be able to access photos of the scene via police report. However, you can and should take photographs of your injuries as well, if and when you’re able. 

Take Images of the Cause of the car Accident

If the scene is safe enough and there was an apparent cause to the accident, try to get photographs of the cause as well. For example, if someone’s tire exploded causing an accident, an image of the tire would be beneficial to your case. 

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How to Photograph Injuries After an Accident

Again, always seek necessary medical attention, when it is safe for you to do so, do your best to document your injuries and treatment in the form of photographs. When you’ve been involved in a stressful experience, details can become blurred when you go to recall them after the fact. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Take More Photos Than You’ll Need

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the more support for your claims, the better. In our no-fault state, your insurance company will need all the documentation you can provide in order to attempt to seek the compensation you deserve. 

If you’ve found yourself having trouble working with your insurance company to seek adequate compensation, give us a call today. One of our skilled attorneys can help you understand and work through your car accident case from documentation to compensation.

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