Auto accidents - no matter how minor - are shocking, scary events to all involved. First and foremost, the top priority is to get the injured medical care ASAP, as those first few moments are critical to recovery, and sometimes, survival. However, accident victims have other things to consider too. This article is intended to be shared with friends and loved ones before an accident happens, to keep in mind some things to do in the event of an accident that can help in going through the insurance claims process or even building a tort case. Click for information on the importance of collecting physical evidence after a car crash and other tips.
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Taking photographs of evidence
It is very important to document any aspects of an accident that may affect a later lawsuit. In a major accident, law enforcement personnel will usually be conducting an investigation and producing documentation, but even in this situation it may be critically important much later that there is proper documentation of the evidence that might affect a personal injury or wrongful death case - that is why it is so important to get connected with a good attorney right away. Our best advice in a major accident: Leave evidence documentation to the professionals, but make sure you have a professional on your side, even when the police are doing a great job.
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After any car accident, if you are injured or your car is damaged, there are several types of key information to gather and write down while you're still at the scene.
Where car accidents and insurance claims are concerned, today’s technology has provided us with several great tools we can use after a crash. One of those tools is the digital camera. With photos of the accident scene in hand, policyholders are much more likely to be able to make a case to their insurance companies for an adequate payout.
If you are involved in an accident or injury that may have been caused by the carelessness of someone else, preserving any physical evidence of the incident and your injuries can help support your position in any legal claim you may decide to pursue. It's important to do this as soon as possible after the incident because circumstances can change quickly: accident scenes can be altered, memories can become unreliable, and evidence can be overlooked or misplaced over time.
Basic information from Nolo about how to handle photographs and other documentation about an accident.