According to data from 2005-2016, roughly 16,000 car accidents per day in the United States. With numbers like that it seems almost inevitable that at some point you will be in a car accident in your lifetime. With that in mind, it is important that you know what to do in the event you are involved in a car accident and need to gather evidence for your insurance claim. One thing that is very useful, when done properly, is taking photographs. Here are some tips for the kinds of car accident photos you should be taking at the accident scene.
What to Photograph
One thing that should be fairly obvious is to make sure you capture the damage. This includes any damage to your vehicle, to street signs, curbs, other objects near the site, even any skid marks in the road that the accident may have caused. Don’t forget to take photos inside the vehicle as well as objects may have been thrown around causing additional damage.
If there are any visible injuries on anyone who was involved in the accident, take photos of them as soon as possible. It may take several days for some injuries to show on the surface of the skin, so remember to check for any additional bruising over the next several days.
One important aspect that many people overlook is capturing the weather on the day of the accident. Weather and road conditions can be a key factor in car accidents, so be sure to include photos of the sky and the state of the roads if there is any rain or ice or other weather-related impediment.
While your photos cannot show who had a red or green light at the time of the car accident, you can show the distance the vehicles were from them, what position the vehicles are in relative to the traffic lights. This is also a good time to photograph street signs to determine who was coming from which direction and where all involved vehicles ended up after the car accident.
It is important to also take photos of drivers’ licenses and insurance cards of everyone involved in the accident. Also be sure to get photos of license plates. Even though the police that respond to the scene should make note of this information, do not rely on that as the sole source of the information.
How to Photograph
The type of camera used is not important. You do not need to worry about the photos being professional quality. These days, most people have cameras on their cell phones. Those photos are more than sufficient for taking photos of the car accident scene and details.
Be sure to get photos from different angles and distances. This ensures that there is as much detail and information as possible. This is especially important for the damage, as the angle of the light can change how severe the damage appears in photos. Also, it is important to get different angles of the entire scene to help with determining what exactly happened. Remember that there is no such thing as too many photos of a car accident.
Sometimes in photographs it can be difficult to tell what size things are without something to reference. For the sake of scale, you can place an object in the photos to show the scale: for small things you can use something like a dollar bill or a coin, on the other hand, for larger things, have a person stand in the photo next to the object.
After a collision, you’re usually 2 types of claims. Property damage and bodily injury. Having experienced attorney who has handled all aspects of these types of cases for over 34 years from both the side of the at fault driver, and his or her insurance company, as well as the injured party can make a difference in a good recovery and a great recovery. Kim Wells, at Valrico Law Group has 34 years of experience handling injury cases from both sides. Let him use his experience for you and your family.