Photos help you preserve evidence in a car accident case. They can help support your legal claim and provide proof of damages and fault. Whether you are negotiating with an insurance company or pursuing a claim in civil court, accident pictures can help with your settlement or award. If you were too badly injured in the crash to take pictures yourself, have a trusted friend or family member take them for you as soon as possible after the accident.
Why Is It Important to Take Pictures Right Away?
Taking pictures immediately after a crash is important to preserve evidence. Photographs can be extremely effective when your objective is to prove damages. They can also remove doubts or disputes raised by the other driver or the driver’s insurance company. Pictures can show your injuries, vehicle damage, property damage, and evidence that may be relevant to your claim, such as traffic signs and who was present at the scene of the accident. They can also help remind you of details you may have forgotten about the accident.
What Are the Benefits of Effective Pictures for You and Your Attorney?
Pictures of a car accident can be presented as evidence of your injuries and damages and the fault of the other party during negotiations with insurance adjusters. Photos can also help the court determine the financial damages in your case. Images can be an essential factor in a strong claim that will allow you to recover the maximum in a settlement or jury award.
Why Is It Important to Take Pictures From Different Angles and Distances?
The more accident pictures you take, the better. Get general views of the accident scene from a variety of angles. Take close-ups for detailed views of vehicle damage, including broken glass, scratches, and damaged vehicle parts. Pictures from different angles can show the relative positions of the vehicles involved and their proximity to other vehicles. Photos from different distances can show the full range of visible injuries you suffered in the crash.
How Do You Photograph a Car Accident Scene?
After a car accident, record the following with pictures:
- Vehicle damage: Your photos should show the angles and relative positions of the vehicles involved. You also need close-ups of damage your vehicle sustained, including inside pictures showing interior damage.
- Accident site: Take multiple pictures to get an overall view of the accident scene. Take them from all different angles and distances. It is better to have too many photos than not enough.
- Road conditions: Skid marks, roadside debris, and any signs of the crash on the road should be photographed to provide evidence in your case.
- Weather: Take pictures that show the weather conditions at the time of the crash, whether they involved clear and sunny skies, rain, snow, sleet, or clouds. This is important because the other driver may attempt to blame the weather for the crash.
- Bodily injuries: Not all injuries may be visibly apparent immediately after the crash. Take pictures of the ones that are to help support your claim for damages.
- Road signs and traffic signals: Your accident photos should include traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs, and any traffic indicators near the scene of the crash, including their condition and visibility.
After a serious car accident that was someone else’s fault, contact Welsh Law, LLC at (720) 836-1777. Our Colorado personal injury attorneys have more than a decade of experience helping accident victims and their families. We can assess the full extent of your damages, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and help you file a personal injury claim to pursue full compensation for your losses.