One of the last things on your mind after being involved in a car accident is probably the idea of having to take photos, especially with all of the other immediate responsibilities you will have in the aftermath. You will need to call for local law enforcement to file a police report, you have to exchange pertinent information with the other driver or drivers involved, and you need to call your insurance company, to name a few tasks. However, just because all of the aforementioned responsibilities are important, does not mean taking pictures of the scene of the accident is not crucial. If you have made sure everyone is okay and it is safe to do so, you should not neglect to take this extra step, which could make a big difference in your personal injury case.
Obviously, these pictures do not need to be award-worthy, so do not worry about the kind of camera you are using as long as you can capture all of the necessary details. Most of us have a phone that is capable of taking pictures, so that will suffice. If your phone cannot take pictures, keep a disposable camera or a small, cheap digital one in your glove box.
Below, we have compiled a list of tips that can help you take pictures that will be relevant and helpful to your case:
- Take pictures of your car and any damage it might have sustained, whether it be a dent, scratch, or something more severe.
- Take pictures of the damage sustained by the other car or cars involved in the accident.
- If there are any skid marks on the road, be sure to capture those as well.
- If there are any vehicle parts or debris, such as shattered glass, scattered along the road, take pictures of it.
- Try to also capture the environment and weather conditions in your photos.
- Take pictures of the accident site. For example, if the accident occurred at an intersection, capture the details of it.
- Take pictures of the condition and location of stop signs or other traffic signals.
- If any bodily injuries are visible on you, your passengers, or others involved, take pictures of them with the consent of the individual.
When taking pictures, you should also try to take them from different angles and distances. Yes, you will end up with some duplicates, but it is better to have lots of options than it is to realize you did not take nearly enough.
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