The moments after a car accident can be truly terrifying, confusing, and frustrating. As you are waiting for the police to arrive and file a report, a million thoughts are racing through your brain. What will this cost you, how long will it take to heal if you’re hurt, how are you going to get to work now. You could also be in shock and are too confused and upset to think about anything. However, in these moments, there is one thing you should be thinking about and doing: taking photos of the accident.
If you are physically capable and the accident scene is safe and you can walk around, you should take photos of the accident.
We recently had a case where the photos made all the difference. The photos below are from that case. Every witness in the subject vehicle said that the client’s head restraint was in place prior to the accident, and that it was in the backseat immediately following the accident. It was our position that the head restraint came out during the accident.
The Defense said that was not possible. They argued that either it was not in place before the accident, or someone took it out after the accident.
These photographs support our theory by showing the location of the headrest immediately following the accident.
Why taking photos are important:
- Photos can provide evidence regarding fault
Photos that show the position of the cars, the point of impact, marks on the road, shots of traffic signs and more can all serve as evidence.
- Photos prove physical damage to vehicles
Getting your vehicle repaired can be costly, so the more photos your have of the damage to the vehicle, the harder it is for insurance to deny the claim.
- Photos provide proof of your injuries
If you can take photos of any injuries you may have sustained, this will help later on refute any insurance claims that the injury was pre-existing.
- Photos help you remember important facts
As stated above, you may be in a state of shock and your adrenaline is kicking in, so having photos may remind you of a witness that can help you, or other details you may forget in the moment.
Tips for taking accident scene photos:
- Take photos from different angles
Also use an object in each photo to give the photo a sense of scale.
- Document weather, time and surroundings
Make sure your photos show any weather that may have impacted the crash, if it was daytime or night, and other items surrounding the accident scene that may have impacted the accident.
- Take photos immediately after the accident and later
Make sure that as you are documenting injuries you continue to do so days after the accident as well, as their may be things that show up in the days following the accident.
- Make sure you take a picture of the entire scene
Stand back far enough that you can get the whole area in the photo.
- Take photos of all vehicles that were involved
Take photos from all angles and make sure you do close-up shots of the damage. It’s a good idea to also take a photo of the license plates and any debris around as well.
- Make sure you take interior photos too including airbags, shattered glass, etc.
Make sure you have photos of any deployed airbags, loose car parts, blood stains etc.
- Take photos of property damage
Take photos of the whole area, including close ups and skid marks.
- Look for anything that might have contributed to the accident
This includes damaged curbs, potholes, lights, etc.
If you are not able to take photos, see if someone else can. The other thing that is always good to do is to contact a personal injury attorney who can also gather evidence on your behalf. The sooner this happens the better, so evidence can be preserved.
If you or a loved one has found yourself in the situation of an accident, contact the Personal Injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. We are here to help, and we will fight for what’s right. 800-2-Habush (800-242-2874)