by Mike Hancock
Car accident cases and cell phones don’t usually mix, but there are certain instances when having a cell phone around could be your saving grace. Car accidents usually leave both parties disoriented in some way. Taking the steps to ensure you have all the information you need will be invaluable in the long run. If you find yourself in a car accident, here are few steps to take that can help you maximize your personal injury case.
You, your passenger or a family member should use your cell phone to do the following:
Immediately take photos of both cars.
This will help provide a clear picture of what happened right after the accident before anything was moved or altered. Also, take photos of the damage sustained from both vehicles, which should also include interior damage if warranted.
Taking photos of the outside and inside gives a better picture of how serious the impact of the car auto accident had on your vehicle and the people inside. Pictures of items that are out-of-place can give definitive proof of injury.
Take pictures of the entire scene, before and after the cars are removed.
This includes skid marks, street signs, traffic lights, buildings and anything else that can help you document the scene.
Take photographs of all license plates, VIN numbers and car models.
This is crucial, especially if the driver wants to leave prior to the police arriving on the scene. Having a clear picture of the license plate will ensure you get the correct vehicle reported.
Take photos of the driver’s licenses and insurance cards of both drivers.
Even if the other driver does not have an insurance card, having a photo of their driver’s license can provide your insurance company with the information they need. If they refuse to provide this information, taking a picture of them could assist.
- If you have video, take a video of the area and a video statement of the driver who is at-fault.
- If witnesses are available, get their phone and e-mail address. If they are willing have them record a video statement.
- Any visible injuries
- Photos of the police officer and the incident card.
Using your phone to document these things will help you when you report your accident to your insurance company. An adjuster cannot argue against photos that were taken directly at the scene, and those have to be taken into account when assessing your damage and pricing your claim. Often many insurance companies fail to pay injured drivers the full reimbursement for their claims. Having your documentation in place can alleviate this and help get you the maximum settlement for your car accident.
Personal injury attorney Mike Hancock can help you with any personal injury case you may have stemming from car accident cases. Call for your free consultation today!