Document a car accident with these 3 types of photos

Not long after a motor vehicle collision, the scene of the accident can become chaotic with emergency personnel and law enforcement arriving to assist. Tow trucks take damaged vehicles off of the road and crews remove debris off the roadways.

Capturing photographs of your surroundings immediately following a car accident helps you preserve all evidence for future use before the scene of the accident has been altered. Photos of specific types of evidence can prove to be especially helpful in providing an indisputable perspective of the accident once it comes time to file an insurance or personal injury claim.

1. Vehicle damage

Take a variety of pictures to capture the severity of the damage. Capture clear, detailed pictures of your own car’s damage from the accident, as well as any other vehicles involved in the crash. Do not forget to photograph any internal damage, such as deployed airbags.

2. Accident scene

To support your case and the information from your statement, police reports and witness accounts, you need to take pictures of the entire accident scene. This includes videos and photos of skid marks, weather conditions, debris, traffic signs, road conditions, traffic patterns, surrounding businesses and anything else relating to the accident.

3. Injury progression

Progress photos of all of your injuries from the accident—whether big or small—make for excellent evidence of the severity of a car accident. As soon as you are able, take pictures of the effected parts of your body from a variety of angles and distances. Get clear shots of any stitches, scars, casts, wound coverings and any permanent injuries.

When in doubt, always err on the side of caution by taking more pictures than you think you’ll need. When you are ready to file your case, make sure to contact a qualified personal injury attorney for valued legal guidance.