Car Accident 101: Preserve Your Evidence Before It Disappears

Author: Hanson & Hanson/Wednesday, May 14, 2014/Categories: Auto Accidents

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It’s extremely important to preserve your evidence before it disappears. The following guide will help you and your loved ones from losing valuable items that might be needed to investigate your case further.

1. Immediately, take several still photographs (snapshots) of all visible injuries before they have a chance to heal any further. Take several close-up photographs. Take them from different angles in bright light. Check the focus. Be sure to take some photographs of the injuries which include the victim's face in the same picture (to prove that the injuries are those of the victim, and not someone else).

2. Also, immediately take several photographs of the damage to the vehicle you were in before it is repaired or crushed and sold as scrap metal. If the other side admits they were at fault, then skip the rest of this instruction below (because it does not apply to you).

3. But if, and only if, the other side claims the accident was not their fault (and only in that event), then immediately take several photos of the scene of the accident before the scene of the accident is changed. Only you know exactly where this place is. (This may not be necessary if you were rear-ended).

4. Take several photographs of any "skid" marks, broken glass, scattered debris, uprooted grass and similar traces of the accident.

5. Afterwards, stand in a safe place as close as possible to the point of the impact. While standing in the same spot, take a photograph and turn slightly clockwise and take another photograph that slightly overlaps the right edge of the view of the first photograph. Continue this (snap and turn clockwise) until you have taken photographs of a complete 360° panoramic (all the way around from the same spot) view of the accident scene (without skipping any spots).

6. Next, photograph the scene of the accident as the drivers involved would have seen it leading right up to the point of impact (right through the windshield of the vehicle you were in, or that of a similar vehicle). Do this by taking photographs of the roadway approach of the vehicle you were in (about every 100 feet) leading up to the point of the impact (as that roadway approach was seen by you, or your driver).

7. Finally, in the same way, photograph the roadway approach of the other vehicle(s) involved (right through the windshield of a vehicle similar to the other vehicle(s)) leading up to the point of impact (as that roadway approach was seen by the other driver(s)). Be safe. Take a friend. One person should drive and the other person should take the photographs of the roadway approach. If you are alone and driving, do not take photographs while your vehicle is in motion. Do not create a hazard for other motorists.

Afterwards, e-mail, bring or mail all film (or photographs) to us. If necessary, we will

advance the costs of developing the photographs and we will even provide you a

camera and film, if necessary. Of course, if due to the severity of your injuries, you

need help taking the photographs, we will provide it.

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For more information on Orlando Auto Accidents contact Hanson & Hanson, P.A. today at 407-872-1212 to schedule your free initial consultation.
We serve Auto Accident Victims in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties.

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