How to Take Photos After a Car Accident

A car accident can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful situation, especially if you suffered an injury. Although the aftermath of the crash scene can be chaotic and overwhelming, it is important to remain calm and focused on taking the right steps to file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.

One of the most important steps to take following a car collision is taking pictures. Although our cell phones can be a source of distraction when we’re behind the wheel, they are the most effective tool when it comes to documenting evidence.

Photographs of the accident show what happened, support your case and eliminate the possibility of false testimonies. Car crash pictures could be essential in establishing liability in a personal injury case.

Remember, the first thing you should do after a collision is to check you and everyone else involved in the accident for injuries. If your injuries are serious in nature, it is best to obtain immediate medical attention and have a friend, relative, or even your lawyer come to the scene and snap photos on your behalf.

Here are some helpful tips to properly document your car accident and prove your claim:

  • Take pictures of the property damage to all vehicles involved – Capture both the exterior and interior, the damages sustained in the accident, and the license plates of each vehicle. Be sure to snap photos of skid marks, debris from all vehicles involved, and other damaged property, such as signs, buildings, or other objects.
  • Take photos of your injuries – If possible, take pictures of injuries you and/or your passengers suffered as a result of the accident. Since some injuries take time for them to visually appear, capture them as soon as possible. Furthermore, document the recovery process to show the full extent and seriousness of your injuries.
  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident – You want to capture the entire scene itself, showing the position of each vehicle after the collision, the surrounding area, road signs, traffic lights, as well as the road and weather conditions. Take photos from multiple angles to obtain different perspectives of the accident.
  • Exchange information with all drivers involved – Rather than use a pen and paper, you can use your phone’s camera to simply take a picture of the other driver’s license, contact information, vehicle registration, and insurance information.
  • Make sure to take as many photos as you can – No matter how much storage space you have on your cell phone, do not be afraid to take so many pictures that it reaches the limit.
  • Take pictures of the same thing from different angles – Instead of taking one photo of the damage, injury or object and then moving on, take multiple pictures of the same thing but at different angles. You never know what you might rediscover when looking back at all these photos.
  • Make sure the flash is on – If the accident happened at night, ensure the flash feature on your phone’s camera is turned on, or else you’re stuck with a bunch of dark, useless photographs.

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York City, contact our experienced legal team at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP today.

Categories: Car Accidents