Photos of an accident scene can serve as critical pieces of evidence when proving negligence in a car accident lawsuit or insurance claim. In the event an accident does occur, it’s important to know exactly what to take pictures of. Here are the top 5 things to take pictures of after an accident.
1. Damage To The Vehicles Involved
The first thing to do is to take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved in the accident. Since it’s better to have too many pictures than not enough, take pictures from a variety of angles. This includes those close up as well as those further away. Capture images of loose car parts, debris, and broken glass. It’s also important that you don’t overlook capturing damage to the vehicles on the interior. This may include things such as a deployed airbag.
2. The License Plate And Contact Information Of Other Drivers Involved
When you’ve been involved in an accident, you want to be sure that you have the information of the other party or parties involved. This includes their license plate(s) number, contact number, and insurance information. Taking pictures of this can eliminate the need to memorize it or incorrectly write it down.
3. Any Known Injuries
Although not all injuries are known immediately after an accident, it is important to take pictures of those injuries that are visibly apparent. With photographic evidence, you’ll be better able to back up injury claims that occurred due to the accident as well as the severity of them.
4. The Scene Of The Accident At Large
You want to be sure that you capture the whole scene at large. Once the vehicles and debris are cleared, it becomes extremely difficult to recreate exactly what it looked like. Walk far enough from the vehicles that you are able to capture images of the full scene with all of the vehicles from various angles.
5. Any Potential Contributing Factors
While it’s not always evident, sometimes you may find something at the scene of the accident that could be a contributing factor. This may be something such as a pothole, skid marks, or faded lane lines. Again, it’s better to have too many pictures than not enough.
If you must seek medical attention and are unable to take pictures, you can ask someone whom you trust to do so for you.
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