When your vehicle gets damaged in a car accident and you decide to file a claim, you’ll want to make sure that you get fair compensation.
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 physical 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 guard rails, fences or telephone poles.
You will increase your chances of receiving a better settlement offer if you’re able to provide evidence and thorough documentation of the accident.
Seriously Injured in a Car Accident?
While you may be able to settle a simple accident accident claim with your car insurance company; if you are seriously injured, you may find you need a car accident attorney to help settle your claim. A car accident attorney can be integral to cases involving larger claims and serious injuries. Contact the Hancock Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation. We have offices located throughout the Tampa Bay area including, Wesley Chapel, South Tampa, Land O Lakes, and Brandon. There are no upfront fees and we don’t get paid until we win your case!