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Why you should take your time at the accident scene

After being involved in a car crash, you or your passengers could suffer injuries that call for immediate medical attention.

However, if you or a friend is able to stick around the accident scene to gather information, it could pay off in the long run.

Take photographs of the big picture

While you may not want to be reminded of this traumatic experience, taking photos of the scene helps substantiate injury and damage claims. Your attorney will be better able to discuss the story behind how the accident unfolded with this evidence.

In addition to photographing the vehicle damage and any wounds you and/or your passengers received, you should also take photos of the scene at large. The placement of a cellphone could indicate distracted driving or an obstacle in the road could help determine fault.

Further if one of the drivers was using a dashboard camera, this evidence could be seized to use in the case. However, you'll need to prove it was there.

Write it down ASAP

In the moment, it's easy to think your memories won't fade. Yet, most people would be hard-pressed to recall what they had for lunch two days ago. After a traumatic event, your memory of the circumstances can easily be skewed, so try to write down what you remember as soon as possible.

If you don't have a pen and paper handy, use your cellphone. Try to include every detail -- including information about any injuries you suffered.

Get a second or third opinion

It's a good idea to always call the police to the scene of an accident. While this will take some of your time, it could save time on arguments down the road. The police will get everyone's side of the story, which will prevent anyone from changing it later on. You're also required by law to contact the police if the accident hurt anyone or caused severe damage.

To cement the details of the accident further, you can even collect contact information from witnesses at the scene too.

Collect more information

By working with an attorney, you may be better able to collect additional information from the scene to substantiate your claim, such as footage from a nearby security camera. A skilled lawyer with experience defending personal injury claims can help you cover all the bases to prove what happened at the accident scene.

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