If your car is wrecked, you should take pictures. You want to show the insurance company the full extent of your losses, and taking pictures does just that.
In addition to taking pictures, you should also keep all invoices, receipts, and billing statements related to your car’s repairs. This will help you recover the compensation you need to repair or replace your vehicle.
- There Are Many Reasons to Take Pictures of Your Wrecked Vehicle
- You Should Take Photos of Everything Related to Your Car Accident
- What If I Cannot Take Pictures at the Time of the Accident?
- Consider Partnering with a Car Accident Lawyer on Your Injury Case
- Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for Legal Help
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There Are Many Reasons to Take Pictures of Your Wrecked Vehicle
Taking photos of your wrecked vehicle has several advantages. Pictures can help you and your lawyer determine:
- The type of accident you were involved in. If you were involved in a rear-end collision, the other driver may have caused your accident. This could make them liable for your injury-related losses.
- The extent of your collision-related damages. You want to recover everything you need to repair or replace your vehicle. Having photos asserts your right to damages.
- Any factors that contributed to your collision, such as poor roadway conditions. If poor roadway conditions caused or contributed to your accident, you could hold a government agency responsible.
As noted, any photos you take will enable you to build a strong case, so you can recover a fair settlement. You may also consider partnering with a car accident lawyer who can manage the claims process for you.
You Should Take Photos of Everything Related to Your Car Accident
Taking photos of your wrecked car only tells one part of the story. With the case you assemble, you want to show the extent of your property’s damage, the severity of your injuries, and other related factors.
You don’t have to still be at the accident scene to take pictures; you can take photos of your injuries as they heal or your car while it’s being repaired.
If possible, take pictures of:
- Obstructions on the road, such as overgrown shrubs or potholes
- Police officers, witnesses, other drivers, and passengers
- Weather conditions, such as rain or flooded streets
- Debris and skid marks
- Nearby traffic signs
- Your external injuries, such as cuts and bruises
No picture is irrelevant. Victims and any other person at the scene can forget several details about the accident with time. However, if you capture certain images, including the surrounding location, you’ll have the evidence you need to support your claim.
Ensure that all the pictures have the correct date and time stamp. If you’re using an actual camera, ensure the camera’s time and date are accurate.
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What If I Cannot Take Pictures at the Time of the Accident?
In some cases, accident victims cannot take pictures because of severe injuries. If that’s the case, ask a friend or family member to take pictures as soon as possible. If you are unable to reach them, ask the nurses to take clear photos of your injuries while at the hospital.
Photos aren’t the only form of evidence that can bolster your case. In the aftermath of your collision, the following items could support your right to compensation:
- Your imaging scans and lab test results
- Traffic camera footage
- The police report
- Testimony from your doctor
- A statement outlining what you remember before, during, and after the accident
- Your injury-related billing statements
- Your employment records (to establish your lost income)
When negotiating a settlement, the claims adjuster won’t solely rely on what you say. They want evidence to show that because you suffered harm in a collision, you deserve financial recovery.
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Consider Partnering with a Car Accident Lawyer on Your Injury Case
The aftermath of a collision can be both confusing and frustrating. Yet, it doesn’t have to be when you partner with an injury lawyer. While you focus on moving forward from this challenging time, they can manage everything your case requires, including:
- Gathering evidence
- Interviewing witnesses, including third-party field consultants
- Proving fault, liability, and negligence
- Calculating what constitutes a fair settlement
- Filing your insurance claim
- Managing all communications with the claims adjuster and insurance representatives
- Negotiating an appropriate settlement
- Fighting for what you need in court
Our team offers free case reviews to those interested in exploring their options. During this complimentary consultation, we can discuss your case’s details, including what you should do in your collision’s aftermath.
Contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for Legal Help
Dealing with the effects of a car accident is never easy. That’s why partnering with an injury lawyer could alleviate your stress and concerns. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine advocates for car accident claimants in Florida. Since 2006, we’ve recovered millions for injured claimants. Now, we’re ready to pursue everything you need to get your life back on track.