Why Car Accident Pictures Are Vital to Your Claim
Car accidents remain a serious problem in Sarasota and throughout the state of Florida.
According to data from Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES), there were 6,570 reported collisions in Sarasota County in 2016 alone. Collectively, these crashes resulted in 3,999 injuries and 71 fatalities. Car accident injuries have been on the rise in the Sarasota region. They were up 10 percent when compared to 2015 and 13 percent when compared to 2014.
Car accident victims are entitled to fair compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, obtaining that compensation from the insurance company, whether it’s from your own insurer or another driver’s insurer, can be challenging. One of the best ways you can protect yourself is by taking photographs of your accident.
Why Should I Take Car Accident Pictures and How Will It Help My Claim?
A successful Florida car accident claim is built on a strong foundation of supporting evidence. Depending on the specific facts of your case, your attorney and the insurance company may need to conduct an investigation to determine:
- The cause of your accident
- The extent of your injuries
- The extent of your vehicle damages
Car accident photographs are a valuable form of evidence that can be used to address each one of these issues. Further, as memories can get foggy or fade following a crash, photographs can also help jog your recollection so that you can give a better, more accurate statement regarding the crash.
What Should I Take Pictures of for My Car Accident Claim?
Auto accident victims should always take extensive photographs following an accident. Indeed, you can never have too many pictures to show your attorney and the insurance company. In some cases, photographs that initially seem unnecessary may end up providing critically important details.
You should take photographs of everything that might be relevant to your claim, including:
- The damage to all vehicles involved in the crash
- Traffic signs and other road conditions
- The accident scene itself
- The witnesses, responding officers and other drivers
- Your injuries
- Any other aspect of the accident that might be important
When taking insurance photos, please remember to ensure that your pictures have accurate timestamps. This information could potentially play a role in your car accident claim.
What to Do With Photos After They Are Taken
After you have taken car accident pictures, please be sure to obtain backup copies. It is a best practice to store your important digital photos in two separate locations, such as on your computer and with an online service.
Once your photos are protected, get them to an experienced car accident attorney. Your attorney will be able to review your pictures and assemble them in the best manner to submit to the insurance company or otherwise use them in the claims process or litigation.
Contact Buckman & Buckman for Aggressive Representation
If you were injured in an accident, our dedicated car accident attorneys will help you fight for every dollar you rightfully deserve.
To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact our firm today. From our office in Sarasota, we represent injured victims throughout the region, including in Bradenton, Palmetto and Bayshore Gardens.