This is not as common as it used to be before people had cell phones, but it is vitally important to get information at the scene of the collision. You only have one chance to take pictures of both vehicles, and it’s at the scene of the accident. We frequently encourage you to do this just to document the severity of the damage. If one of the vehicles is severely damaged and the other is not, particularly the vehicle you were in. You should always take pictures of the other car. This is your proof, if the insurance company says “you weren’t hurt, there wasn’t a lot of damage to your car.” With pictures of the other car, you can say “my car wasn’t damaged a lot but look at the other person’s” and show that one. Also, sometimes people will say they didn’t hit your vehicle, or they hit your vehicle in a different area. Depending on the situation it makes sense to take pictures before the vehicles are moved.
Also, some people will not get an accident report and the theory is that the other person’s admitting fault, there’s no need or maybe the damage is not severe, you don’t want to call or wait. I urge you not to do this. I always recommend to my clients that they get an accident report. Many times somebody will admit fault at the scene, you won’t call the police, then they go home and they tell their insurance company something different after talking to their spouse or their friends and family. Therefore, we always encourage our clients to get an accident report done any time they’re involved in an accident.