When you are involved in a car accident, it is imperative to provide an accurate depiction of the crash scene to support any claim for financial compensation. Since cellphones are now equipped with high-tech cameras, taking photos after an accident can be an effective way to gather evidence.
However, it is important to understand which photos can help strengthen your case. Having the right pictures can make a significant impact in your personal injury case.
But before taking any photos, ensure the safety of everyone involved and contact the police to the scene.
The following are the photographs you should take after a car accident:
- Wide-angle shots of the entire crash scene – A picture of the entire scene of the accident will provide a general depiction of how the vehicles look in relation to the road and the surroundings.
- Vehicles involved – Take multiple photos of each vehicle involved in the accident. Take close-up pictures of the condition of the vehicles and the site of the impact. Additionally, take pictures of the interior of each vehicle, to record any damage to personal items inside the vehicles.
- Traffic signals and stop signs – Photos of traffic signs can help demonstrate whether someone failed to obey a traffic sign.
- The road – Take pictures of the road and the skid marks that may be present. The length and width of skid marks can identify which driver attempted to slam his or her brakes before impact and the direction a vehicle was going before and after braking.
- Individuals involved and witnesses – Lastly, you must take a picture of all persons involved, including the drivers and passengers. Furthermore, take photos of any witnesses present that may provide eyewitness testimony of the collision.
- Injuries – You must document the physical condition of everyone involved in the crash. Additionally, make sure you document the recovery process of your injury to demonstrate how severe it is.