Car accidents are not exactly rare in the Grand Canyon State. In fact, according to archived data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 129,750 motor vehicle accidents in the state in 2019 alone. This means a crash occurred on average roughly every four minutes that year.
To preserve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and property damage, you must take some important steps following any accident. When documenting the crash, you probably also want to snap at least three types of photographs.
1. The complete accident scene
When photographing a car accident, it is easy to focus on specific items. Still, large-scale photos of the entire accident scene may help you assign fault or otherwise advocate for your legal interests. Photographic evidence of the following may be useful:
- Traffic patterns
- Road damage
- Weather conditions
- Sun glare or shadows
- Traffic lights and signs
- Any other relevant items
2. Vehicle damage
You may have an insurance or legal claim for property damage following an accident. Therefore, you should take photos of interior and exterior vehicle damage. These photos may be equally helpful in proving how the accident happened, which may help you receive compensation.
3. Your injuries
Medical records provide technical details about injuries, but they typically do not show the human side of suffering. Photographing your injuries solves this problem. Continuing to take photographs throughout your recovery process may also help to put your injuries into context.
Remember, photographing an accident scene can be dangerous, especially in high-traffic areas. Before taking photographs of your injuries or anything else, be certain it is safe to do so.