Just like any other personal injury claim, you must satisfy the burden of proof in your car accident injury claim. That is, you must collect enough evidence that points to the fact that your injuries and damages are directly due to the negligence of another driver. One way to fulfill this responsibility is by taking photos while still at the scene of the accident. Continue reading for more information on how a proficient Tampa car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group can help you in meeting this requirement.
What types of photos are necessary for my car accident injury claim?
We recommend that you take the following types of photos immediately after your car accident:
- Photos of all cars involved: even if there is no noticeable damage, you must take pictures of all the cars involved to identify all license plate numbers, along with car makes, models, colors, etc. Take a mix of close-up and distant shots, so the location of impact, the force of the collision, and direction of movement are easily identifiable. If safe, you should take these photos before moving your car.
- Photos of the scene of the accident: this should include the road and weather conditions, traffic signs and signals, the general road layout, etc. Also, you should capture any visibility issues that may have obstructed a driver’s view of the road.
- Pictures of your physical injuries: you should do so before they have a chance to heal. Additionally, if your doctor prescribes you a treatment device (i.e., arm sling, cervical collar, walker, etc)., you should document this.
What other steps should I take if I receive a car accident injury?
First, it is worth mentioning that it helps if you adjust the setting on your digital camera or smartphone so that the date of time appears on the photo itself. Plus, it is beneficial if you back up these photos by saving them onto a second drive, copying them onto a thumb drive, burning a copy onto a CD or DVD, or printing them out.
Secondly, aside from photos, you should take the following steps if you receive a car accident injury or damages:
- Call 911 so that an official police report can be recorded.
- Swap contact information with the other drivers and witnesses.
- Seek medical treatment at the scene and the hospital so that the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries can be documented on the doctor’s notes and bills.
- Employ a talented Tampa auto accident lawyer before Florida’s statute of limitations, which is normally four years from your accident.
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