If you were involved in an accident, whether as a pedestrian, driver, motorcyclist, or passenger, it is important that you do what you can to gather evidence. In this day and age, taking photos at the scene of the accident is the best thing you can do to support your case. Photos of your injuries, the scene of the accident, potential hazards, and resulting damages can all be used to help ascertain the cause of the accident, fault, and proof of injury. Find out what photos you should take after an accident, and why each is important.
First things first, before snapping photos make sure everyone involved in the crash is safe and unharmed. If anyone is in need of medical attention, call 911 and request an ambulance immediately. Even if everyone is unharmed, you should probably still call the police for assistance. Having an official police report could make filing your claim through your auto insurance company much easier and quicker.
Once the immediate concerns have been addressed, you should use the camera on your phone, or another camera available to you, to gather evidence. The cameras built into modern-day cell phones are typically very clear and advanced, and frequently serve better than a digital camera. Some people carry disposable cameras in their vehicle in case of an accident, but the quality of the photos may still be poorer than that of a phone camera. Remember, a better quality photograph could serve as better evidence for insurance companies and in court.
Take photos of the general scene of the crash, taking in as much of the area as possible. Gather evidence of anything notable, such as gravel in the road, any potential hazards, poorly marked signs, rainy weather, and so on. If there is debris on the road or tire marks from the crash, take photos of those areas as well. Next, take in the details.
Being sensitive to any people who were hurt and are awaiting help, take photos of any damage caused by the crash. Include images of the damaged vehicles, as well as any dividers, walls, or poles the vehicles collided with. Also, take photos of the license plates of each vehicle and each driver, if they give their consent. If you suffered any visible injuries, take photos of yourself as well.
Be mindful of lighting and angles, taking photos from as many perspectives as possible to provide a clear picture to anyone not at the site of the accident. Remember, you can always delete irrelevant photos later if you have too many, you can’t go back and take more, so take more than you think necessary.
If you were involved in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident due to the mistake or negligence of another person, our firm may be able to help. Contact Scott, Vicknair, Hair & Checki, LLC to discuss your situation and find out if you have a personal injury case.