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3 types of photos to document a car accident

| Oct 5, 2020 | Car Accidents |

If you are in a car crash, almost immediately after, you will notice that the accident scene floods with emergency services personnel and other roadside workers. Crews show up to remove vehicular debris off the roads and tow trucks arrive to drive damaged vehicles away.

Snapping pictures of your surroundings after an accident helps you preserve any evidence to use in future personal injury lawsuits or insurance claims.

1. Accident scene

Try to capture the entire accident with your pictures. This will help you support your case, the police reports, any witness accounts and your own statement. Take videos and photos of all that you can. You should photograph the road conditions, traffic patterns, traffic signs, skid marks, weather conditions, debris, surrounding businesses and anything else relating to the crash.

2. Vehicle damage

Not only are pictures of the accident scene important, but a variety close up, detailed pictures of any vehicular damage are also crucial. Make sure you look at any damage to your own vehicle and any other cars involved in the accident. Remember to include deployed airbags and any other internal damage.

3. Injury progression

As soon as you are safely able to, photograph your injured body parts from several different distances and angles. Focus especially on any scarring, casts, stitches, bruises, wound coverings and any permanent injuries.

Take more pictures and videos than you think you need to build a better case for yourself. Do not discuss too much with the other drivers involved in the accident as you want to avoid blaming the other person or admitting guilt.