How to Take Effective Evidence Photos For a Car Accident Claim
If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, photographs can be very effective as evidence to strengthen your personal injury claim. Photos are a fairly simple way to document and preserve the car accident scene. Luckily, these days most people have smartphones that can double as a digital camera for use in these situations.
Why Are Pictures so Important?
You can use car accident photos to help show the insurance company who was negligent or in other words, the driver who was at-fault for the accident. In auto accidents, there can be multiple theories of liability. Having photos of the accident scene can eliminate doubt and help assign liability to the driver truly at fault for the accident. Pictures are not easily subject to interpretation. They graphically depict accident scenes as they actually took place, not as they are remembered. Photos can be excellent evidence for proving that the car accident was not your fault and help show the damages sustained which can aid in receiving compensation in a speedy manner.
What to do at The Accident Scene…
After a car accident, the most important thing is your safety and the safety of anyone involved in the car accident. Immediately call 911 to report the accident and to seek medical attention, if needed. While waiting for police, begin taking photos of the accident scene. If you are able, engage your camera’s time stamp function. This will help document the time and date of the accident with tangible evidence.
How to Take Effective Car Accident Photos:
Accident scenes are often cleared by police soon after they arrive. You’ll have to move quickly to collect important evidence as images. The more pictures you take at the scene, the better chance a few of them will come out perfectly. So, take as many photos as possible while at the scene of the car accident.
Keep in mind the following tips when taking photos at the scene:
- Begin by taking general photos of the entire scene. Take wide shots from several different angles. Don’t worry about details just yet. You want to get an overall view of the accident scene. General photos of the scene will set the stage for the more detailed photos to follow.
- Take photos of traffic and road signs. Include traffic lights, yield signs or stop signs. These traffic signs can help document the at-fault driver’s actions that lead to the accident.
- Photograph cars or other vehicles involved in the accident. Photograph their proximity to the actual accident spot, and to each other. Include enough photos to demonstrate their position at the time of the accident.
- Include reference points. If the at-fault driver failed to yield, try to include the yield sign as the backdrop in a photo of his car. The same goes for a stop sign or other traffic signal ignored by the driver. Also include photos of the closest intersection, or street signs that identify the area where the accident occurred.
- Photograph weather conditions. Include any clouds, rain, or falling snow. Photograph the sun and its position on the horizon. Photos like these can disprove an at-fault driver’s contention weather played a role in the accident.
- Photograph damaged objects. Look for damaged street signs, guard rails, trees, or other stationary objects damaged by the car accident. This will help develop the scene of the accident and what exactly took place during the accident.
- Get close-ups of your car’s damage. Make sure to capture whatever damage was done to your car in the photos. Having shots of the damage done to your car, before it is moved following an accident, makes for great evidence for your claim. This can help prove exactly what damages took place during the car accident. Remember to take photos from different angles and close-up shots.
- Closely photograph damage to the other driver’s car. Car accident photos should be as detailed as possible. Include any paint from your car which was transferred at the point of impact. Photograph the license plate to identify the other driver’s car.
- Photograph injuries. Take a visual record of injuries sustained by you, the at-fault driver, passengers, and any injured bystanders. Try to capture graphic images of lacerations, contusions, abrasions, blood, and broken bones.
Having these photos after being involved in a car accident can make your personal injury claim much easier. No one leaves home expecting to be in a car accident. Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm can make the difficult time after a car accident much easier for you. Contact us today at (312) 377-7000 for a free initial consultation with a top personal injury lawyer. Trust that at Chicago Injury Legal at The Romaker Law Firm, we put your needs first and do not collect any money from you unless we win your case.