When you get into a car crash, everything from the condition to the placement of your vehicles can influence how the police or insurance companies assign fault and what responsibilities each driver has. Unfortunately, those who cause crashes may try to avoid claiming responsibility for them. Documenting the scene of a collision as soon as possible after a crash can protect you if you have to file an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit against the other driver.
How do you use a mobile phone to adequately document a crash scene?
Take pictures before moving the vehicle
Unless you kept moving after the collision and pulled over to the side of the road, it is usually best not to move the vehicle from where it stopped at all until you take a few pictures or even a video.
Capturing the exact location of the vehicles after the crash can lead to more accurate recreation attempts after the collision. Beginning to record video as soon as you exit your vehicle could also help protect you by capturing footage of the other vehicle or its license plate if they tried to flee the scene of the crash.
Take both video and photos
Really provide a clear view of the crash scene and the damage to the vehicles involved, you want to take a combination of video footage and still photos. Photos from far back that show placement in scale are as important as close-up photographs of damage and debris.
Video showing your vehicle or the scene of the crash from all angles can also be beneficial. Drivers may want to take the same shots twice, both with the flash on and off.
Document your injuries, especially after the wreck
The photographic documentation won’t end when you leave the scene of the crash. The visible evidence of your physical injuries may manifest several days later in the form of inflamed, painful musculature or vibrant bruising. Medical documentation will obviously help with your plan, but photographs can also be very compelling evidence.
Your phone can be a powerful tool to help you immediately after a car crash. Taking the right steps after a motor vehicle collision helps protect your right to compensation.