No one gets into their cars thinking they may wind up in a crash that day, but it is a risk you face every time you get behind the wheel in Massachusetts. Planning ahead may work wonders if you wind up in court or have to prove that the crash was someone else’s fault. So, it is important that you know what steps to take in the aftermath of a wreck.

According to Forbes, it is critical that you remain calm and methodical immediately following a car crash. Having your smartphone handy is also necessary, as you need to use it to document certain aspects of the scene. When you find yourself involved in a Massachusetts car wreck, it may serve you well to take the following steps.

Take pictures from various angles

Taking care to avoid oncoming traffic, document the crash scene extensively. Make sure to photograph your vehicle from all four corners. Make sure to photograph any damage or any fuel leaks coming out from underneath your car, truck or van, too.

Take pictures from various distances

When documenting the scene, take pictures from close to the vehicle as well as from far away. Start to document the scene in photos while standing about 10 feet away and then continue to do so as you work your way closer. You never know what photos may wind up making your case for you, so err on the side of caution and document as much of the scene as possible.

Take pictures of the interior

If the crash caused your airbags to deploy, make sure to document this in photos. Similarly, if the wreck resulted in a smashed windshield, you also want to get a photo of the windshield damage.