Anyone who is involved in a motor vehicle collision will likely feel confused, frustrated and angry. It is wise, however, to remain clear-headed as numerous questions will come up about the crash. From the police to your insurance carrier, officials will fill the days and weeks after your wreck with paperwork and questions.
While vehicle occupants will likely take numerous photographs to document the collision, there are three types of pictures that will likely prove essential later:
- All vehicles involved: You must take photos from several angles that show all the vehicles involved in the collision. Some people get flustered and only photograph their own car or truck, but it is important to note any of the vehicles that were involved.
- Any injuries: While at the scene of the accident, you will want to fully document the injuries suffered by any vehicle occupant involved in the collision.
- The immediate environment: If it is safe, it is important to take a step back and take a picture of the accident environment itself. The distance shot can include all involved vehicles, the road, weather conditions and the presence (or lack thereof) of skidmarks. The shot could also include any bystanders or witnesses to the collision.
After a vehicle collision, drivers will likely feel emotionally charged and confused at the same time. From listing the drivers by taking notes to snapping photographs on either a disposable camera or a cell phone, it is wise to keep detailed documentation. In the days and weeks following the collision, you will be asked to complete paperwork and answer questions from law enforcement and your insurance carrier. Without notes, it might be difficult to remember the finer details of the crash.