In order to prove the other driver involved in the collision was negligent and responsible for your damages (e.g. pain and suffering, etc.), you need to provide evidence which supports your claim. Therefore, photographs from the scene of the accident are so important.
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Photos can show how the accident occurred, the contributing factors, and the extent of damages to any vehicles involved. If the insurance adjuster doesn’t believe your story or how severe your injuries are, a photograph of your vehicle damages can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
Not only is it crucial to take pictures after a car crash, but also know what type of shots you need to strengthen your case. Thankfully for modern technology, you have the power to take pictures at any time using your cell phone.
The next time you are involved in a car accident, follow these tips to capture the most evidence possible:
- Document the damage – Take pictures of the property damage, including exterior and interior damage to all vehicles involved, damage to the road and signage, and damage to other objects or structures. Do not forget to include the skid marks and debris resulting from the crash, as well as the entire scene of the accident.
- Document your injuries – You must also take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible and in the days after the collision. Ensure you document your injuries throughout the recovery process to show the full extent of your injuries.
- Take pictures of the other driver, witnesses, and police officers – It can be difficult to remember the people who witnessed the crash once it’s all over. You or your lawyer may want to speak with a witness or officer about providing testimony. To help you put a name to a face, take photos of everyone who is at the scene.
- Take pictures of important details – Ensure you capture the make, model, and license plate number of the other vehicles. In addition, you can take photos of the other driver’s license, insurance, and registration information.
- Use up your storage – Take as many pictures as your phone capacity allows. You might notice something in the picture that you overlooked when the accident occurred.
- Take pictures of the same thing at different angles – Rather than taking a picture of something and then moving on to the next, take several pictures of the same thing at multiple angles.