After a relatively low number of motor vehicle collisions in 2014 and 2015, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration reports that total crashes have been on the rise from 2016 to 2018. During these three years, on average, 34,428 victims suffered injuries in car accidents. That number represents a more than 12% increase from the previous two years.
The aftermath of a tragic car accident can be chaotic and overwhelming, leaving you wondering what to do next. Your first priority should always be seeking proper medical care, but – if you are able – you can take action to protect your interests as an injured victim. As your Baltimore County car accident lawyer can attest, gathering evidence is crucial. Fortunately, you have the technology to accomplish this task right in your hand: Your smart phone, which you should use to take accident pictures of key details, such as:
Vehicles Involved in the Crash:
While important for showing property damage, images of all vehicles are crucial for showing that the crash was serious. Even minor collisions can lead to injuries, but significant cracks, dents, and destruction paint a visual picture when it comes to seeking damages for your losses. Plus, pictures of damages location on the vehicle can also be used to demonstrate which driver was responsible for causing or contributing to the accident.
Signals and Signage:
Make sure to capture pictures of signals around the intersection or span of roadway, as they are effectively traffic laws: When a driver does not comply with them, the violation is strong evidence of fault in a Maryland auto crash. Pay specific attention to any traffic lights that have signals in addition to the typical red-green-yellow – such as right and left turn arrows.
Like traffic signals, roadway markings indicate traffic regulations. For instance, the dotted or solid lines marking out lanes set the law on where vehicles are allowed to pass others. There may also be indications of how to maneuver an intersection, designation of bicycle lanes, and even written instructions to motorists.
Conditions at the Scene:
Some car accidents are caused by a driver’s failure to account for physical conditions, such as trees, potholes, and slippery roads. Take pictures of the scene, and make sure to pay attention to any fresh skid marks that may have resulted from the collision.
Some businesses and residential structures may have installed surveillance cameras for security purposes. This video footage may also be helpful in providing fault in a crash, so get some images of cameras on buildings in the vicinity.
Discuss Your Rights with a Maryland Car Accidents Attorney
This list of what to take pictures of after an auto collision is NOT exclusive, so capture any images and video you think may be helpful. This information may support your insurance claim, it may be useful in court, and it can help refresh your recollection in the weeks and months after the crash. For more information on your rights and remedies, please contact attorney Michael A. Freedman to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.