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What to photograph after a car accident

On Behalf of | May 24, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Read any article or piece of guidance on what you should do after a car accident, and you’ll probably be told that you should – if at all possible – take a lot of photos.

Why? Well, photos are worth way more than 1000 words in any car accident case. They provide an accurate record of the car accident scene, which can end up capturing details that can be otherwise forgotten or overlooked. 

Those details can help determine fault, lend credence to accounts of injuries and back up eyewitness claims – all of which can have a big effect on the outcome of a claim. So, where do you start? Here are some tips

Grab your camera and start as soon as possible

If you’re too injured or shaken up to get out of your vehicle and take photos yourself, hand your cellphone to a friend or ask them to use their own and get photos of:

  • The scene of the wreck from multiple angles, since the position of the vehicles and photos of the damage can later be used in accident reconstruction to determine each car’s speed, what impacted what part of each vehicle first and more
  • The damage done to the vehicles (especially your own), since dents, deployed airbags, cracked glass, bent steering wheels, broken seats and fuel leaks can all help show the severity of a crash
  • The surrounding area, including traffic conditions, weather conditions, road signs, construction, debris in the road from the wreck and skid marks can all tell the story of your crash when viewed through the right lens
  • Any obvious injuries that you or your passengers have suffered, since this can help tie both known and later-discovered injuries back to the crash with concrete evidence.

Quick thinking on your part and the use of your camera can help you secure the compensation you deserve.