One of the best ways to preserve crucial evidence after a car accident is to take photographs. After all, it is difficult to dispute the evidence that photographs provide. Also, this is something that virtually everyone can do, because of the prevalence of camera phones. However, not all photos will do. You need to use certain tips to help ensure you get the photographs you need to help your case. In all instances, it is important that you first address your personal injuries. For a host of reasons, it is almost always best to delegate the responsibility for taking photographs to a friend or relative.
Take Photos, Not Just Video
The first step you need to take after a car accident is to call the police. However, while you are waiting for them to get there, you can begin taking pictures. While it won’t hurt to take a video, photos are better at capturing the smaller details. The investigators who will work on your case will be able to zoom in on the photos to get a full understanding of the small details, such as brake marks on the road or the tread on the vehicle’s tires. Try to take as many photos as possible and save them on your device.
Take Both Close and Wide Shots
You need to take pictures of anything and everything you believe will be important to a future crash investigation. This includes all vehicles that were involved, any property that was involved, injuries that occurred, marks or defects in the road, street signs, the weather, and anything else that may have had a role in causing the crash. Be sure to take wide-angle shots of the whole scene to capture the setting as well as close ups of any injuries and property damage. The more photos you can take before the police arrive and start to dismantle the scene, the better off you will be.
Take Pictures of Everyone Involved
If possible, take photos of all the other drivers and passengers who were involved, in addition to witnesses and bystanders. It also may be a good idea to take pictures of the ambulance, paramedics, and police officers. If anyone is taken away on a gurney, take photos of this. If you document who was at the accident scene, it will help you connect witness statements and faces down the road.
When it comes to accident scene photos, you need to make sure you capture the right elements the right way. These photos can be invaluable if you file a personal injury lawsuit down the road and help you and your attorney negotiate the settlement you deserve.
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