Stories of auto accidents and cell phones usually don’t end well. However, if you are involved in an auto accident, consider using your cell phone to help maximize your injury case. While still at the scene, your medical care is of primary concern. Only if you are physically able, and it is safe for you to do so, consider using your cell phone to do the following. Or possibly have a friend help you:
1. Take photos of the insurance cards and driver licenses of all other drivers. It takes less time than writing the information down and you won’t have to search for a pen and paper.
2. Take photos of license plates, make and model and VIN of all other vehicles.
3. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle and of the other vehicles, from different angles. Don’t forget to take photos of the inside of your vehicle. Sometimes vehicle damage invades into the driver’s interior space, which is not always visible in exterior photos. Interior photos also can show objects that have been thrown around due to the force of the impact.
4. Take photos of street signs or traffic lights to document the location of the accident.
5. Take 360-degree video of the scene.
6. Take a video statement of the at-fault driver.
7. Take photos of any visible injuries you sustained such as scrapes, cuts, or bruises.
8. As to any witnesses, try and get a phone number or e-mail address. Consider creating a contact on your phone or just ask the witnesses to record a video or voice memo on your phone with their name and contact information and a statement of what they witnessed.
9. If the investigating police officer gives you a card with your Incident or Crash Report Number, keep the card and also take a photo of it. This information will be helpful in ordering a copy of the Traffic Crash Report.
10. Take photos of any skid marks on the ground or any damage done to nearby property such as guardrails, fences or telephone poles.
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