They say a picture is worth a thousand words—and taking good photos of an accident scene can make a big difference for your case. If you or a passenger are in a physical condition to take photos, the right photos and angles will allow insurance companies, attorneys, experts and juries to piece together who was at fault.
After you’ve gotten treated for your injuries, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny. We’ll review your case, including accident photos, and talk to you about potential legal options.
Here’s a quick guide for taking photos at a car accident:
- Take photos of the entire scene: First, try to get photos of the entire accident scene. If the accident happened at an intersection, photograph it from several angles. Try to ensure street signs, lights and other identifying features are visible.
- Take photos of injuries: If you or your passengers were injured, photograph them. Include close-ups. (If the injuries are severe, seek medical attention first.)
- Photograph all involved vehicles: Many people take photos of their own vehicle damage, but forget to photograph the other autos involved. Be sure to photograph every vehicle in the accident, including license plates.
- Capture interior and exterior damage: Most people remember to take photos of exterior damage, but forget to document interior damage. Look for shattered glass, deployed airbags, bloodstains and other debris. This helps prove the severity of the accident.
- Don’t forget a sense of scale: Using an object to compare scale can help, especially when taking close-ups. Use whatever’s handy, such as your wallet, a pen or other easily accessible items.
- Show weather conditions: Weather can play a big role in an accident. Try to get photos that show what kind of weather conditions you experienced. For example, if you hit a patch of ice, photograph the ice.
- Look for contributing factors: Finally, look around for anything that may have contributed to the accident. This includes potholes, malfunctioning traffic lights, missing or obstructed traffic signs, damaged curbs and more.
You never know which piece of evidence will be the deciding factor in your case. While health and safety should always be your first priority, documenting an accident with photos and video can make all the difference.
If you’ve been injured in a vehicle collision, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny today. We can handle the insurance companies, so you can focus on healing.
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