How to Document an Accident
Today, nearly two thirds of adults own a smartphone. We all seem to constantly carry them around in our pockets wherever we go. They can be useful in many situations, including after an accident. Many know to use them to call help and law enforcement, but not everyone thinks of the other ways that smartphones can be helpful. When it comes time to make a claim on the accident, the more information you have, the better. Being able to clearly establish fault and the extent of damage with photo and video evidence will help your case. Here are a few ways that smartphones can help you in documenting an accident.
Takes Pictures and Video at the Scene of the Accident
Every smartphone is equipped with a camera, most of which are high resolution. Whether you are at fault in an accident or not, it is always prudent to physically document as much as you can. You will probably be shaken up after an accident. You should first take a deep breath and relax, make sure that everyone is ok, and then assess and document the situation. If it is possible, take pictures of the vehicles before you move them out of the road. Include landmarks to help orient the viewer. If the road is busy, move the cars, then take pictures. Take pictures of the damage to your car, the damage to the other person’s car, their license plate number, the driver and any passengers present. Possibly take pictures of their insurance and contact information. Be sure to document how the accident happened and any witnesses that are willing to provide their reports. It might even be easier to just make a video of the scene. Include again the landmarks and all of the things previously stated, and ask witnesses for their testimony. Describe the events leading up to the accident, and maybe even ask the other driver to do the same. Be sure the other party knows that this is not of malicious intent, but is simply to help you all get the best service when you go to request a claim.
There’s an App for That
There’s an app for pretty much everything now. There are multiple apps available that have checklists for you to go through after an accident to help make sure that you have and document everything that you need. Your insurance company may even have their own app to help you even more in reporting the accident.
The most important thing after an accident is to stay safe and remain calm. Stay out of the street especially in high traffic areas. Documentation should come later, once everyone is safe and you have called law enforcement to come help. If you cannot or forget to collect all of the suggested information, your insurance company can still help you out.
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