Many Americans have a digital or cell phone cameras and one can use these ubiquitous devices to document injury accidents, car accidents and injuries for evidence to use as documentation of an accident claim. Some people keep a disposable camera in their glove compartment in case of an accident.
If you have the presence of mind after your accident, you can photograph the accident scene. If you were involved in a car accident, you should photograph your vehicle and any other vehicles involved in the accident. Be sure to take photographs from a several angles and especially what your view might have been right before the accident. You should also take pictures of the environs at the accident scene including traffic, road conditions and any malfunctioning lights. You should also take photos of skid marks and broken glass. Remember to take photos of license plates of the vehicles involved.
You should also photograph the highway or road where your accident occurred including driveways, embankments, obstacles, signage and traffic lights.
If you’ve been in a car accident in which your airbags deployed, you should take interior pictures of your vehicle.
If you don’t have the presence of mind to take photographs immediately after the accident, you can return to the accident scene on another day. Be sure you take pictures around the same time of day that your accident happened.
If your accident was a slip and fall, you can return to the accident scene and take pictures of the factors that caused your fall, say for example the area where the concrete was wet in a store or a broken stair that caused you to fall.
You can also photograph the injuries you sustained in an accident. If you are in the hospital, you can have someone take pictures f you in the hospital showing the IV equipment, hospital bed as well as other medical equipment. We all have a tendency to want to smile and put our best face forward even when we are in pain but refrain from smiling in the picture.
Be sure you take photos of your lacerations and bruises on subsequent days to document your injury before it heals.
Remember, you want to do all that you can to help document your accident and your injuries. Taking notes of doctor visits, physical therapy appointments and levels of pain will all help you document your claim.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents and the family of those who have died.