Have you been involved in an auto accident in the past? Hopefully, you took photos. If you didn't, make sure you do if you are ever in one again. Whether or not you caused the accident, the pictures will protect you. In fact, there are many reasons why pictures are so important.
You Never Know What You Miss By Sight
There will be so many other things going on at the time of the accident that it's easy to forget details. You may miss them completely. Taking a lot of photos will help to capture every little thing relating to the crash, helping everyone when it comes to filing police reports and claiming through the insurance companies.
Don't rely on witness reports. Get photographic evidence, just in case.
Evidence of Damage and Injuries
Damage can be hidden or repaired. In some cases, a person may even try to claim damage that was not caused by the accident. Photos are irrefutable evidence of what damage was and was not caused by the accident. If the accident turns out to be your fault, you do not have to worry about the other driver trying to make you pay for damage you did not cause.
If you have been injured, make sure you get photos of the recovery process. This will help a claim in the future, should you need to claim for medical expenses and cover for losses.
Prove the Fault
Accidents happen for all sorts of reasons, including negligence, intoxication, and no fault of either drivers. Photos will help police and insurance companies determine fault. This is especially the case if weather conditions or faults with the car led to the accident. You'll need to take photos to prove these at the time of the accident, rather than rely on companies to do research into such weather conditions, for example.
Prove the Other Driver/Parties
There are times that drivers will hit and run. If you have time to snap a photo, do it. This will hopefully get you the details of cars.
Likewise, there are times that people will give false details. Getting photos of license plates, make and model of vehicles, and faces will help you with your insurance claims and police reports. Police will be able to track down the individuals.
Taking pictures after an accident is one of the most important steps you can take. This is true regardless of who caused the accident. Remember to take photos of you, the other driver or drivers, the vehicles, and the area surrounding the accident site. It is better to have too many pictures than too few. Contact a car accident attorney to learn more.