A New York car crash may leave you reeling, but the actions you take right afterward may have a big impact on the outcome of your case, should it go to court. The more you do to document the crash scene and gather evidence that supports your side, the better. There are some important steps to take after a car accident that’s not your fault.
According to Edmunds, once you exchange information with any drivers involved in the crash or any witnesses who were on the scene, you should start taking pictures of the crash site and vehicles involved.
What to photograph
When documenting the crash scene, use your cellphone to take pictures. In addition to photographing your vehicle and any damage it suffered during the wreck, take pictures of any obstructions, conditions or other hazards in the roadway or near it that may have played a role in your crash.
You should also take photos from multiple angles. Start about 10 feet away from your car or truck and then work your way toward it, snapping pictures along the way. Make sure, too, to zoom in close on any damage done to your vehicle during the crash.
When to photograph
It is wise to photograph the scene anytime you find yourself involved in a crash that warrants exchanging information. It is also wise to do so even when you believe you might be at fault. The images you snap may provide evidence of other factors that may have contributed to the crash, potentially reducing your liability.
Assessing safety should always be the first step following a car crash. Once you determine that there are no serious injuries, move forward with documenting the scene.