Taking Effective Auto Accident Photos
An automobile accident can be very traumatic. After calling 911, you will want to make sure that you and all your passengers are getting all the medical attention they need. When you get a chance, it’s also important to collect contact information from all other drivers involved in the accident and any witnesses.
If you’re feeling up to it, using your cell phone camera to take pictures of the accident scene is a great idea. Recording this information while it is still fresh will help your personal injury attorney get you the best possible claim, and these pictures will also provide invaluable evidence should your case go to court.
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Nothing is more persuasive that a photograph when it comes to demonstrating how devastating an automobile accident can be. Here are some pointers on the types of pictures that provide the most effective documentation:
- Vehicle damage. Taking pictures of any visible damage to the vehicles involved in the accident will make it a lot easier when you file your claim. These photos will also provide a good indication of how fast the other vehicle was traveling when they hit your car. Capture photos from a distance of about 3 to 5 feet as well as pictures from about 15 feet away to get a detailed account of how the vehicles were affected by the crash. Using your camera to take a photo of the license plates of every vehicle involved is also a good idea in case anyone tries to leave the scene of the accident before first responders arrive.
- Physical injuries. Recording bruises, cuts, and other injuries sustained by you and your passengers will help establish the full extent of their impact. You will also want to continue to record your injuries throughout the recovery and rehabilitation process.
- Witnesses and others involved. When you exchange information with the other driver, taking a photo of their driver’s license will save a lot of time. You can also use your phone to record the contact information of any possible witnesses to help your attorney when they investigate the accident.
- The accident scene. Record the accident scene from a variety of different distances and angles to make it easier to recreate the accident scene. These pictures should include any skid marks and glass or other debris left by the accident. You will also want to snap photos of any road conditions that may have contributed to the accident such as obstructions in the road, malfunctioning traffic signals, or obscured traffic signs.
Getting Back on Your Feet Again
If you have injuries due to an automobile crash, it’s important to have someone on your side to help you get your life back in order. At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., we will conduct a full investigation of the accident so we can calculate your damages and help you get the best possible settlement to cover the cost of your medical care. Call (307) 257-7800 today to get a FREE case strategy session.
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