Here are a few tips for taking good photographs after an auto accident to help your case. Remember, photos can help tell an unbiased version of the events that led to the accident.
Take Several Photos
You can never have too many photographs taken following an auto accident. These photographs will show small details you may otherwise forget or not even notice with all the stress and chaos at that moment.
Most cell phones are equipped with cameras to take pictures as soon as the accident happens. If you can't, ask a bystander or witness to take photographs for you to access later.
Capture Different Angles
When photographing after the accident, make sure to capture different angles and perspectives. This means taking close up photos, wide-angle photos, and even panoramic photographs.
Close-ups can help showcase the severity of the accident and the damage. At the same time, wide-angle photos show more of the surroundings, including traffic signs, road hazards, and any obstruction of visibility.
Finally, panoramic photographs offer more of a 360-degree view of the accident scene, including how the vehicles are placed, the drivers and passengers involved, and the damage from all sides on each vehicle.
Don't be afraid to photograph everything on the scene. This means taking photographic evidence of your injuries resulting from the accident, the vehicle damage, the interior of the vehicle, identifiers like the make and model of each car involved, license plate numbers, and the surroundings.
You also want to get the intersection markings, landscaping, traffic lights, and anything else that will prove useful for recreating the scene.
When photographing the inside of the vehicle, try to capture photos of cell phones, paraphernalia, the odometer, or any other speed detector there may be if possible. When photographing the other person involved, be sensitive to the situation.
Many cars are also using dash cams these days as well. This will come in extremely handy in the event of an auto accident. Many of them can capture audio and video on the inside and the outside of the car. It can catch evidence related to different traffic conditions and environmental factors and possibly catch impaired or distracted driving.
If you have dashcam footage from your accident, then speak with your auto accident attorney to find out if it is admissible in court for your case.
Hire an Attorney
Finally, it is also in your best interests to hire a competent and professional auto accident attorney to help you navigate the complicated claims process following your auto accident.
They can help ensure you have all the evidence you need for your claim and help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve for damages and your injuries resulting from the accident.