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What Types of Pictures Should I Take After a Car Accident?

In this modern age, taking pictures is nearly second nature. We use pictures to document our daily lives, remember special occasions, and share fun details with friends. However, photos can be used for much more practical purposes as well. If you are involved in a car crash, you can use your phone to gather photographic evidence, which could significantly strengthen your claim and make obtaining compensation considerably easier.

Those of us who have been in car accidents know how disorienting and painful they can be. Most crashes cause some sort of damage, whether that damage was inflicted on the driver, the passengers, or the vehicle itself. Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming and you may not know where to begin, but gathering evidence quickly and efficiently can go a long way to help your case later on.

If you were involved in a crash, make sure you know what pictures you should take of the vehicle, surrounding scene, and the injured parties.

The Vehicles

Taking pictures of your vehicle after a crash is absolutely necessary, even if it was not terribly damaged. Make sure your photos include your license plate, to substantiate that  your vehicle was actually involved, and take pictures from several different angles. If your car is in the same position as it was when it was hit, (in other words, if you left it where it was after the collision), take photos that include the rest of the accident scene as well.

In addition to photos of your own vehicle, you should gather evidence pertaining to any other automobiles involved as well. Again, make sure some of the photos include the license plates. Also, be sure to take pictures of other vehicles involved, such as bicycles or motorcycles.

The Crash Site

Pictures of the scene can go a long way to help prove or identify the cause of the accident. If, for example, a stop sign was illegible or hidden, and the failure to stop caused an accident, photos of that hazard could help prove liability. Photos of the crash scene, including skid marks and damaged property,  can also help to show the extent of the damage caused in the crash.

Your Injuries

If you were injured during the crash, be sure to take photos of your injuries. Even injuries that seem minor, like bruises, scratches, bumps, and swollen areas could turn out to be serious injuries later on, or could cause chronic or lasting pain. These pictures can add to your medical record and may make negotiations with your insurance company much easier. If anyone else was injured in the crash, you might also ask if you can take photos of their injuries as well. At this point, you should also ask any bystanders or pedestrians if they would be willing to provide a statement on your behalf. If so, collect their contact information for future use.

Although pictures are important, they should not be the only form of evidence you gather after an accident. Discover the name of the other drivers, motorcyclists, and pedestrians involved in the crash, as well as phone numbers, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information. You should always work under the assumption that the other driver will not admit fault, so always err on the side of caution and gather more evidence than necessary.  Taking photographs of the other driver’s license, registration and insurance card can be extremely helpful to pursuing your claim.

Thousands of people die in car accidents each year, which is why the damage sustained in these crashes should never be taken lightly. If you were harmed in a crash, your first step should always be to call 911 and ask for medical attention. Once you have been properly taken care of, make sure you contact an experienced personal injury attorney for help attaining justice and compensation for your injuries.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP to discuss your car accident case with our Washington D.C. personal injury lawyers.