One of the most commonly recommended tips for what to do following a car accident (after any medical and safety concerns) is to make sure to take photos of the damage. Photos of an accident provide substantial evidence in your case, and can show attorneys and insurance companies exactly what took place.
What should be included in these photos, and how should the scene be photographed to ensure the pictures are effective in providing that evidence?
Below are some car accident photo tips to follow:
#1: Be comprehensive, with numerous photos showcasing the whole scene and close-up details. Include everything!
When photographing an accident scene, there’s no such thing as too many pictures or being over-detailed. Remember, you are trying to provide complete evidence of the incident and build your case. You should take wide shots of the entire area, along with close-up pictures of the damage to all vehicles, and any unsafe road conditions that contributed to the accident. Incorporating objects into your photos that can exhibit the size of any damage will be helpful.
#2: Photograph the people who were involved, and their injuries.
To establish a complete portrait of the accident, you should include photos of everyone who was present. If you are able to do so, take pictures of the police officers, emergency responders, and the other drivers and passengers, as well as their injuries.
#3: Photograph your own injuries as they progress.
If you were hurt in the accident, you should track the development of your injuries. Once you receive necessary medical attention and can safely take pictures, start documenting the healing process. Again, you can never be too detailed, so frequent, detailed photography of your injuries will help your case.
#4: Make sure the time stamps on your photos are accurate.
Timing is key in accident cases, so check that your camera is correctly time stamping your pictures.
#5: Go back to photograph anything you may have missed.
The aftermath of any motor vehicle accident is extremely chaotic, and it may be difficult to get the comprehensive photographic evidence you need immediately following the incident. By returning to the scene of the accident, you can capture contributing factors you may have missed. If your injuries prevent you from taking pictures after the accident, ask a friend or family member to help.Have you been injured in a car accident? Contact The Fran Haasch Law Groupthrough our message form, or call us at (727) 784-8191 24/7 to schedule a free initial consultation.