Two-Car Collision

A Picture Is Worth More Than 1,000 Words

When getting into an accident, it is a well-known fact that taking pictures is a key part in order to help your case in the future. However, snapping a couple of shots may not be enough when trying to gather concrete evidence.

First and foremost, photographs should be taken of the damage directly. It is also important to gather photographs from multiple angles of the scene. Take pictures of the car from various distances as well. It could also be helpful to take pictures of the surrounding scene, making sure to take them from many angles as well. Keep in mind there is no such thing as too many photographs, but if you don't take enough you could miss out on providing important evidence about your accident.

Pictures aren’t only important for car accidents; they are important documentation to have for any incident that occurs. If you fall and get injured somewhere it is important to take pictures of that as well. Again, do not just take a close up photograph of your injury. Take multiple photographs from varying angles and distances. Remember to photograph where you fell and the surrounding area and circumstances also.

One final aspect to consider is to add notes along with photographs at the time you take them or soon after. Details can be easily forgotten or twisted as time goes on; therefore it is critical that you write down notes as soon as possible. It is helpful to print out the photographs and place them all in a folder somewhere safe, in case your camera or phone is lost or breaks. When taking pictures of an injury, car damage, or scene, note where it is. You can also write down factors such as weather, witnesses, or other contributing factors. A good method would be to write a note for each picture stating what the picture is of and why the specific picture was taken.

By taking all of these precautions with an accident there is less of a chance of any error or having information misconstrued. So make sure to photograph, print, and annotate.