Taking Pictures At The Scene of An Accident
While it may be difficult to remember, one key step you can take immediately following a car accident is taking pictures. Photographic evidence is a powerful form of evidence in any type of accident, and with the high-quality cameras found on today's cell phones, it is imperative you take pictures of the accident.
Though pictures do not replace written reports or other testimony, they do provide useful evidence to help further explain the accident and who may have caused it. And, as is the case in any accident, documenting with numerous photos is important.
Often times people aren't quite sure what type of pictures they should take. This is understandable given the situation and the emotions running through your head at the time of the accident. It is recommended that your pictures include:
- An overall accident scene, including pictures from a variety of angles and viewpoints
- Locations where tire marks start, skid marks and their direction
- The position and condition of traffic control devices
- Any view obstructions
- The positioning of vehicles after the crash and the related debris field
- Injuries you and any other persons have sustained, including cuts, bruises and scrapes
- Any property damaged involved in the accident
Remember, pictures should be taken as soon after the accident as possible. Ultimately, the circumstances of each accident will determine what types of pictures you will need to take. That being said, it is always better to have too many pictures that not enough.
There is also importance to taking pictures of an accident in which the police do not arrive and no police report is filed. Common instances of these occasions involve parking lot fender benders. Even if the police are in route, take pictures before they arrive and take as many as you can after. That way you may have photographic evidence that the police do not provide.
We understand that there may be a lot of questions about when, how and what types of pictures to take at the scene of an accident. For further discussion or clarification, do no hesitate to reach out to our attorneys at Lowe Law Group to discuss your questions today. From simple slip-and-fall accidents to motor vehicle accidents, pictures will help your injury accident attorney help you recover the compensation you deserve.