Getting into a car accident is one of the most frightening ordeals you can experience. When the accident first happens, your mind may understandably be spinning with questions: How did this happen? What should I do now?

The scene of a motor vehicle collision caused by a negligent driver in Virginia can quickly become chaotic. However, knowing what to do before you leave the scene is critical to protect your best interests. A particularly important step involves taking pictures at the crash scene.

Why photos?

Taking pictures of the collision scene is an important part of preserving evidence in the accident. You can take photos of the scene itself, any property damage that occurs as a result of the crash and your injuries. These pictures may ultimately help you to support your claim in the event you decide to pursue monetary damages through a personal injury claim. In addition, the photos can help with accurately determining the amount of damages to which you deserve.

How to take quality car accident photos

First, it is critical that you take general snapshots of the scene of the wreck. For instance, you can photograph the scene from a variety of angles. Then, you can take more close-up photos of the damage resulting from the accident. This includes damage done to trees, street signs or guardrails, for example. Damage done to the motor vehicles involved in the accident is also important to capture — for example, scratches on a car and broken glass.

While you are taking photos, you may also want to photograph traffic signs or lights in the area of the crash scene. Weather conditions, such as snow, clouds and rain, may also be in your best interest to capture on camera. This is especially the case if the other motorist is placing blame on the weather for the collision.

Pursing monetary damages as an injury accident victim

To prevail in a personal injury claim, you must establish the other driver’s financial responsibility, or liability, for the injuries you suffered in the car crash, based upon a showing of negligence. In a successfully fought claim, you may receive a monetary damage award that might help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages and other losses related to the wreck.

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