As a Marietta
personal injury law firm with vast experience, we are constantly stressing the importance of the
do's and don'ts after an auto accident. If you are involved in a
car accident, regardless of fault or injuries, it is important to protect yourself. If it was the other driver's fault, their insurance company may be held responsible for paying for
damages to your vehicle or injuries that you sustain. In the unfortunate event in which the accident was your fault, it is important to have proof of what actually happened, in case details are exaggerated at a later date in an effort for the others involved to gain higher compensation.
As we've detailed before, the first step to take is to call 911 right away. Police should be requested to fill out a police report. If there are obvious immediate injuries, an ambulance should be requested. If you are experiencing any discomfort as a result of the accident, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room, or at least to your general physician. Only a licensed doctor can determine whether you have injuries that may arise later on.
After the physical health of all involved has been dealt with, photos of the scene should be taken. A good time for these pictures is while waiting for emergency personnel and police officers to arrive at the scene. Photos should obviously be taken as soon as possible after an accident so that evidence is not lost or altered. If you do not take necessary photos, it could harm potential injury claims. We've listed the most important photos when bringing a metro-Atlanta auto accident claim:
- Photos of your vehicle's damage. Take pictures from a variety of angles, including front center, front left, front right, and the back. Make sure the entire vehicle has been photographed immediately following the accident. Take photos of all dented or damaged areas from up close and far away. It is also helpful to hold a measuring tape against these areas so the size of damage can be determined. Many different angles of the damage should be taken as well. You may even visit the vehicle once it has been towed away from the scene to take photos, but make sure you do so before damages are fixed. Once your car has been fixed, there is no option for you to take pictures and the evidence is lost forever. Without concrete evidence of the damage to both vehicles, others involved in the accident could claim that the vehicles were not damaged as badly as they actually were. Their insurance adjusters will do everything possible to lessen your recovery amount. Pictures speak a thousand words, so you can fight those claims with this hard evidence.
- Photos of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident. You should take the same types of photos of the other vehicle(s) involved in the auto accident. These pictures also protect drivers who are at fault so that other drivers do not further damage their automobiles after leaving the scene.
- Photos of license plates and registration stickers of all vehicles involved.
- If possible, take photos of the scene immediately after the incident occurred. If this is not possible, go back to the scene after the accident to take pictures. You should attempt to gather photos of anything that could have contributed to the accident, including trees, signs, buses, or other potential dangers. These photos should be taken from all angles possible. You should take these photos from close distances, as well as from farther away. Any photos that can be taken that show the vehicles' positions after the crash are very valuable as well.
- Always take photos of injuries sustained as a result of the accident. This can wait until you are no longer at the scene of the accident. All injuries should be documented in detail, and photos are the most convincing evidence possible when determining damages.
Any photos taken after an auto accident have the potential to be valuable in a Georgia injury claim. Do not delete photos at the scene simply because you think you have a better one or that one will not help. Our experienced injury attorneys may find important details in photos that you missed, simply because we've been representing victims of Georgia auto accidents for so long.
If you or someone you know have been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact our firm today for valuable information on what to do next. Your well-being is of utmost importance to our firm, and we want to help in any way possible. We offer free consultations online and by telephone at (770) 427-5498. Our Marietta personal injury firm represents clients on a
contingency fee basis, which means we only take cases in which victims truly deserve and have the ability to gain compensation.