The most important thing to do first following an accident is call 911 for emergency medical services if you or anyone at the scene has suffered any type of injury. This should always be your priority, even ahead of gathering evidence about a potential personal injury claim or getting contact and insurance information from the other driver. Taking care of any medical needs that exist should always come first.
Nonetheless, if you are not injured or have suffered only minor injuries, it is helpful to get as much information about the accident as possible, including pictures of the scene and any property damage that occurred as a result of the accident. Make sure that it is safe for you to take pictures of the scene. For instance, if taking good pictures would require you to walk into the center of a busy highway, then you should probably skip the photography and focus on obtaining other sorts of evidence.
Pictures of an accident scene can be instrumental in helping insurance adjusters or jury members understand what exactly occurred during your accident. A picture showing damages to a vehicle involved in a collision is likely to leave more of a lasting impression on a person than a mere description of the damages. Pictures also are useful when causation of the accident is a factor. The relative positions of the vehicles following a crash, as well as the surroundings of the accident scene, can help a jury decide which driver was at fault for the accident. Likewise, pictures can show weather conditions, time of day, and lighting in the area, all of which may contribute to an accident.
At Boller & Vaughan, we are experienced Madison personal injury lawyers who know Wisconsin personal injury law and how to best advocate on your behalf in any personal injury claim that you might have. If you or a family member is involved in any type of car accident that results in injuries, you need to call our office today and learn how our attorneys can help you and your family recover from your damages through holding a negligent driver accountable for his or her actions.