• Pictures to Take After a Car Accident
  • June 14, 2019
  • Law Firm: Paul Padda Law - Office
  • Thanks to the evolution of the smartphone, nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket. While this may have some negative implications, the camera on your phone is an incredibly powerful tool in the event that you are the victim of a car accident. The pictures you take at the scene or shortly thereafter can prove helpful in your case, and potentially result in getting fair compensation for your injuries.

    How to Take Pictures that Can Help Prove Your Case

    It sounds straightforward, but it isn’t always easy to pull out your camera and start snapping photos when you were just involved in a car crash. The following tips can help you focus on taking the best possible pictures:

    Take photographs from multiple angles.

    Pictures taken from multiple angles will give the most accurate representation of the subject.

    Pay attention to the light.

    Lighting conditions can be tricky, and result in subjects that are washed out or too dark. The best thing to do is to make sure the object is illuminated by natural light and not in a shadow, but you should also pay attention to where you are taking the picture from.

    Get closer than you think you need to.

    Pictures always turn out looking like you were further away than you thought. Once you think you’re close enough, take a couple of steps forward while making sure the entire subject remains in the frame.

    Take more photos than you think you will need.

    The more pictures you take, the more likely you will be to have a handful of high-quality photographs that capture what you need them to.

    License Plates, Registration, and Insurance Information

    The camera on your phone makes it incredibly easy to capture all of the information you will need if you decide to file a personal injury claim. Rather than search for a pen and paper, just snap a picture of the other driver’s license, plates, registration, and insurance card.

    Photograph Vehicle Damage

    Following a car accident, you will want to take pictures of the damage to your vehicle. Some of this harm might be obvious, but thoroughly examine your car to make sure you aren’t missing anything. Video can sometimes be helpful if there are leaking fluids or you want to document something - for example: your door no longer opens after the collision. The purpose here is to document the extent of the damage to your vehicle to ensure that your insurance company fairly compensates you.

    Of course, don’t forget to document the damage to the other vehicle as well. It can be helpful in reconstructing the accident, or if the other party decides to bring a claim against you.

    Photograph Your Injuries

    It’s one thing to read medical reports, but a picture can prove vitally important in your car accident case. Photographs of your injuries can really help drive home the extent of your injuries, and the pain and suffering you have endured.

    Photograph the Accident Scene

    After a car crash, it’s also important to take plenty of pictures of where the accident occurred. Try to capture the following in order to document why you believe the other driver was at fault:

    Any pertinent signage

    Lane markings or other traffic features

    Road hazards such as potholes or broken pavement

    Street signs or other landmarks so you can identify the orientation of the photograph

    Anything that obstructed your view or may have contributed to the accident

    Carefully photographing the scene, your injuries, and any other pertinent details can make the difference between getting compensation and having to bear the cost of someone else’s negligence.