Pictures can serve as valuable evidence.
There’s truth to the old saying “every picture tells a story” – especially if you’re in a car accident. So after a crash in Connecticut, one of the important steps is to take photographs that will serve as evidence and tell the story of what happened.
Here’s what you should know about taking photos of your accident. The following tips are from Direct Auto Insurance.
Tips for taking pictures after a car accident in Connecticut
Most people have good cameras on their smartphones. You can take pictures with your phone or store a small digital camera in your glove compartment to use if in an accident.
- Take accurate photos of the accident scene as soon as possible. You will want to capture different angles of the accident scene. Take pictures of all cars involved in the accident. Please note: If you are injured, focus on getting medical attention first. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may be unable to take pictures. If possible, ask someone else to photograph the scene.
- Details are critical: Take many photos. You can get one of the overall crash scenes, but be sure to get closeups of scratches and other minor damage in addition to significant damage. Step away and take multi photos from different angles.
- Take photos with and without a flash: Lighting can affect the photo. It could only help to have multiple shots of the same image, some with flash and others without. Check the image. If it appears dark, turn on the flash and reshoot.
- Capture the entire scene: You will need to get many photos of the cars involved, but remember to take pictures of the road, which may have skid marks or debris, such as broken glass. This is evidence that could help your insurance claim. The photo also may show a wet road or road with snow or ice that may have contributed to the accident. Finally, remember to get a shot of road signs or traffic signals, which may reveal who had the right of way.
- Take pictures of your injuries: Bruises, cuts, and other visible injuries should be documented with a camera as soon as possible. If you can’t take the picture yourself, ask someone else to do so.
- Photograph documents: Take a picture of all the driver’s licenses and insurance information. It’s easier than writing down the information, and you also can avoid possible spelling errors or other mistakes.
- Take many photos: You can’t go wrong by taking too many pictures. But, on the other hand, if you don’t take enough, you might miss capturing images that could help your case.
How a car accident lawyer can help if you were hurt in a Connecticut crash
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you will need to seek compensation for your losses. You may need to take time off from work for medical appointments or to recover. You may need to receive costly medical treatment. You might think the other driver’s insurance will cover everything, but in far too many cases, insurance companies will push back against paying full compensation.
That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced Connecticut accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli, we put experience to work for clients. Our business is dealing with insurance companies and fighting aggressively for our clients so they can obtain a fair settlement.
Photos of your accident will help show the insurance company exactly what happened. They may try to challenge you on the facts, which is why having photo evidence is so important.
Contact us today for a free consultation. There is no obligation to hire us, and you pay nothing unless we win your case. Tell them you mean business!