Taking Photos at an Accident
Have you ever found yourself on the “receiving end” of a car accident? If so, you may have felt too rattled to do much of anything. Maybe you got witnesses’ contact information; maybe you even took photographs of your damaged car. But the ultimate response is to take all the photos that might help support a court case. Here are some photo-taking tips from our car accident attorney.
Timestamp your photos. Whether you’re taking your photos on traditional photographic film or as image files on a digital camera (such as a cell phone), make sure your camera can verify the date and time the photos were taken by time-stamping/date-stamping each image or image file. This step proves that you’re showing the scene as it happened, not retroactively “depicting” it.
Capture the damage in detail. Try to include every ding, dent, scratch, and bits of broken glass in your photographic record. Don’t just take photos of your own vehicle; capture images of any other vehicles or structures that sustained damage as well.
Photograph the environment. Skid marks can establish a wealth of information as to just how your car (or the other car) moved or turned, and how fast it was going when it screeched to a halt. Was the street wet, or was a critical sign not visible, where and when your accident occurred? Use your photos to document it.
Photograph any injuries. Were you, your passengers, or any bystanders injured in the car accident? Take pictures of the injuries, with wide enough angles to prove that the injuries actually belong to the people involved.
Photograph all license plates. If other vehicles were involved, be sure to photograph every license plate.
In the event, you need an accident attorney, you will be glad you have all these photos. Keep these tips handy in your car – and be ready to act on them if needed!