You may have heard the advice of taking pictures if you are involved in a car accident. However, it is not usually specified what types of pictures you should be taking. For more information, continue reading and learn how an experienced Toronto car accident lawyer of Merricks Law Group can help you in executing this.
What types of pictures should I take after a car accident?
Below is a comprehensive list of the types of pictures you should be taking immediately after your car accident occurs:
- Pictures of all cars involved: even if there is no noticeable damage, you must take pictures of all the cars so as to identify the involved parties’ license plate numbers, car make, car model, car color, etc. If it is safe to do so, you should take these pictures before the cars are moved, and take a variety of close-up and distant shots, so as to identify the location of impact, the force of the collision, speed of travel, the direction of movement, etc.
- Pictures of the scene of the accident: important aspects of the scene include the road and weather conditions, traffic signs and signals, general road layout, etc. You should also look out for skid marks, broken glass, etc., that were left on the roadway. Also, identify any visibility issues that may have obstructed a driver’s view of the road.
- Pictures of your physical injuries: you should document your injuries before they have a chance to heal and disappear. If your medical practitioner prescribes you with a device such as an arm sling, cervical collar, walker, etc., you should take pictures of this, as well. In addition, you should keep these devices in a safe place, regardless of whether there are now unnecessary for your rehabilitation, as they can also be used as physical evidence in your case later on.
What else should I do if I am involved in a car accident?
Whether you are taking pictures on a digital camera or a cellphone, you should ensure that the date and time appear on the photograph itself. Also, you should back up your digital pictures by saving them onto a second drive, copying them onto a thumb drive, burning a copy of them onto a CD or DVD, printing them out, etc.
Besides taking pictures, you should follow the below steps immediately after your accident occurs:
- Call 911 so that a police report can be conducted.
- Request the contact information of the other drivers and any present witnesses.
- Attend medical treatment at the scene and follow-up appointments at the hospital so that your injuries can be recorded.
- Contact a skilled Toronto auto accident lawyer before the statute of limitations, which is generally two years from the date of your accident.