The Importance of Photographing Your Car Accident
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to auto accident claims, your pictures can be worth more than that. Photographs of the accident scene are valuable tools to help you get the compensation you deserve. Your pictures can be used to show insurance adjusters just what occurred and the extent of the property damage resulting from the accident.
Accident scene images can be used to tell the story of the accident in a powerful, visual way. They also can serve as graphic evidence of property damage and personal injuries. These pictures can be used to prompt your memory when it comes to the accident, and help you recall all the details when you need to reconstruct the accident scene. It can be easy to forget the details due to the stress and trauma of an accident, but photographs can serve as an objective form of evidence. Pictures are important to your claim, but it can be easy to take dozens of useless photos. A few effective photos are better than an entire album of blurred, unclear, or irrelevant photos.
For your pictures to make the biggest difference in your claim, follow these tips:
- Take general photos of the scene from several angles.
- Get pictures of traffic indicators, such as signs, signals, and road markings.
- Take photos of the vehicles involved, including their proximity to each other and other important features, such as traffic indicators.
- Snap pictures that show weather conditions, including the position of the sun compared to the horizon, the full moon, or anything that may discredit the other party’s claims of poor conditions.
- Take photographs of damaged objects, including posts, signs, fences, trees.
- Get detailed pictures of your vehicle’s damage and the damage to the other car from multiple angles.
- Try to include the vehicle’s license plate in shots of your vehicle when possible.
- Photograph close and long distance pictures of skid marks from the accident.
- Take photographs of any debris from the accident, such as glass.
- Include a photograph verifying the time and date, such as an image of a cellphone screen in front of the accident. You can also use the time and date stamp function on your phone or camera.
- Get pictures of everyone involved, including the other driver, their passengers, and any witnesses.
- Photograph any responding police officers or paramedics.
- Snap pictures of any injuries from the accident.
Take as many photos as you can of the accident, but plan your shots to ensure that each one is a part of the narrative. This will save you from sorting through bad photos to discover that crucial evidence wasn’t recorded. Your pictures will be an important part of your claim, so it is also important to make print copies and back them up as soon as possible.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you don’t have to handle it alone. At The Pittman Firm, P.A., our Florida car accident attorney has been protecting injured clients for over 30 years. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact our firm to request a free case evaluation and get started on your claim today.