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How to document the scene of a car accident

Every time you drive your car, you put yourself at risk of getting into an accident and sustaining an injury or even dying. The Tennessee Traffic Fatalities Historical Report states that in 2019, 1,148 people in Tennessee died in car accidents.

If you get into a car accident, you need to know how to properly document information about the crash. Obtaining the right details and taking pictures of the scene of the crash can preserve your interests as you seek fair and proper compensation for any injuries you sustained.

Collect details about the accident

It is easy to forget pertinent details about the accident even just a few hours after. Take personal notes about the direction both cars were driving and approximately how quickly each person was driving right before the collision. You should also write down the weather conditions at the time of the crash, what happened right after the accident and if any witnesses were present.

Take the right pictures

Photos of the collision can become invaluable evidence during car accident settlement negotiations. Take pictures of each vehicle involved in the motor vehicle accident and every license plate. Additionally, snap pictures of the location of each car when it crashed, any interior damage done to the cars and any markings on the road created by the collision.

Store your documentation carefully

Keep your notes about the accident and the pictures you took at the scene of the crash in a safe place. You should also hold onto any receipts or bills for towing, rental cars, repairs and any other expenses that resulted because of the car accident.

Additionally, you may want to make copies of the information you collect related to the car accident. Your lawyer, your insurance company, the opposing insurance company and anyone else involved in the collision may want access to this documentation to prove fault and provide you with fair and proper compensation.