After the Accident, Part 1: Photographic Evidence

by Joe Ferguson on May 22, 2013

Fender Bender

So you’re driving to work in morning rush-hour traffic, you take a quick slurp of coffee without taking your eyes of the road, and bam! You’ve just been rear-ended by another commuter. Now throw those hazards on and give your boss a call – you’re going to be late today. This is part 1 in a series about what do after you’ve been in an accident.

We’ve compiled some quick tips to help you determine what your next steps should be after a car accident. You love your car, but as long as you’re able to walk away from an accident, count yourself lucky. You can always scrap the vehicle at a local junk car buyer.

If you’ve been involved in a minor accident and are able to get up and walk around, the first thing you’ll want to do is take a lot of pictures. Pictures are evidence, and if you want to prove anything in the court of law, physical evidence will be very important. Here are some quick tips for documenting the scene of a collision through photography.

• Make sure both cars are visible in the picture

• Get pictures of all license plates involved in the accident

• Be sure to capture the entire scene of the crash – a picture of just your own car will be worthless when trying to make court and insurance claims

The most important thing to preserve after an accident is you. Don’t waste time fretting over the fate of your car – hopefully you’re insured. If you can’t stand your ride after an accident, sell your car and use the money to start fresh with a new untainted one.

If your accident is so severe that you don’t have the convenient option of pulling to the side of the road – stay put and let the emergency crew do its job. Similarly, if you see a terrible accident and feel inclined to help those involved, the best way you can help is to dial 911. Then move your car to the side of the road and allow emergency crews access to the scene of the crash and stick around as a witness for the police report.

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