Take photos after a car accident
If you’re involved in a car accident, even a minor one, it can be a very distressing situation. It can also be quite difficult to think clearly and collect all the information you might need.
If you take some photos of the scene of the accident this can be a huge help in the future if you need to make a personal injury claim.
Most people these days have a camera on their mobile phone. If you don’t have one, buy a disposable camera and keep it in your glove compartment.
If you do have an accident, take several shots from different angles. Make sure you take:
> shots from a distance to ‘set the scene’
> close-ups of any damage (sometimes people dispute damage at a later date)
I had a case recently where the defendant disputed liability of an accident that she had caused. She put forward a completely different version of events but fortunately my client had been very well organised. He had taken a series of photos on his mobile phone so I had half a dozen photos that clearly showed the final resting places of the vehicles after the accident. This resulted in a swift admission of liability and a settlement.
So, I would advise you to be prepared – and if you are in an accident, make a photographic record!