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4 ways to document a car accident with photos

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2022 | Personal Injury

If you are unfortunately ever involved in a motor vehicle accident, you will likely notice that the scene of the crash quickly floods with tow trucks, first responders and road cleaning crews. If it is safe and the paramedics have addressed your injuries, capture photographs and videos of the accident.

Having various images from the accident will help you preserve any evidence for future insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits.

Accident scene

Document the entire accident scene with photos and videos. Create a complete story to support your case by snapping pictures of the weather and road conditions, traffic signals, signage, skid marks, debris, and surrounding businesses or homes. This picture evidence will help support the information from your official statement and witness accounts on the police report.

Car damage

Pictures of all the cars involved, from plenty of angles, will help show the extent of destruction resulting from the crash. Save detailed images of all vehicles’ external and internal damage (e.g., deployed airbags) and license plates.

Injury documentation

Write down notes and capture plenty of pictures of any injuries you suffered from the accident. Pay attention to any casts, scars, bruising or stitches—document details about how you feel. Take progression photos of your injuries from a variety of angles.

People at the scene

If you have their permission, take pictures of the people at the scene. Also, make sure to write down the names, addresses and contact information of all parties involved, including witnesses.

Overall, take more videos and photographs than you think you need. If you sustained too many injuries to stay and record evidence, enlist a trusted friend or family member to help you.