If you’ve been in a car accident, photos of the scene can be important evidence. Taking high quality, useful photos can help establish what happened during the accident. These pictures will not only help with reconstructing the accident, but they can also be used to establish damages and liability. There are some important steps you can take to make sure you’re taking quality photos after your accident.
Take Photos of the Entire Scene
Step far enough away from the scene so that you can get a wider shot. Take photos of the entire scene from different angles until you’ve captured all of it. Capture the surrounding area, including any street signs or traffic signals. This can help pinpoint the exact location of the accident. Make sure to take pictures of any skid marks or any hazards or damage on the road that could have contributed to the accident. Even photos of the weather outside can help tell the story of the accident.
Take Photos of All Vehicles Involved
Make sure to take clear photos of all vehicles involved in the accident. Take pictures from different angles and of every part of the vehicle. It is especially helpful to get photos of the point of impact and any damage that occurred. Use an object such as a coin or a key to show the scale of the damage. Make sure to take photos of the interior of the vehicles, as well. Pictures of damage such as broken glass and the presence of any blood can be helpful.
Take Photos of Any Injuries
It can be helpful to take pictures of anyone involved in the accident, but pictures of injuries are especially useful. Victims that don’t know you may be reluctant to allow you to take pictures of them, so don’t force the issue. Take close up photos of all injuries regardless of how serious they are.
When you’re taking photos, keep the lighting of the scene in mind. Only use the flash when necessary. In addition, most smartphones time stamp photos automatically, but if you are using a digital camera, make sure to turn on the timestamp feature.
Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you want an experienced car accident attorney on your side. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we’ve been helping car accident victims for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.