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Photos Matter: Why It's Important to Take Pictures at the Scene of an Accident

Photos Matter: Why It's Important to Take Pictures at the Scene of an Accident

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who own a smartphone, chances are you rarely leave home without it. This handheld technology has revolutionized the way we communicate and do business. It has also had a tremendous impact on our ability to document the world around us. If you are involved in a car accident, your smartphone can help you capture important evidence.

Photos Make A Difference In Personal Injury Cases

You have probably heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the context of a personal injury lawsuit, this old adage can certainly be true. The right photos can help document injuries, show property damage, establish the severity of a collision, and show which party was at fault. People, including juries, tend to react more strongly to photos, which can evoke emotions that are both compelling and persuasive.

After An Accident: What To Photograph

After any accident, your physical well-being is your first priority. Seek medical treatment for any injuries. If you’re capable of taking photos, here are several items to photograph:

The General Conditions At The Scene

This includes weather, terrain, and traffic. Pictures of rain, ice, or snow accumulation can show how weather conditions contributed to an accident or that a motorist drove carelessly in bad weather. Also capture images and video of traffic conditions, including heavy congestion, road signs, and stoplights.

Your Injuries

Take photos and video of your injuries, keeping in mind that some injuries, such as bruises, worsen over time. You should photograph your injuries as they progress.

Property Damage

You will also want to get images and video of any property damage, including dents, scratches, deployed airbags, and debris left on the road. Also capture images of any tire marks. Take photos and video of your vehicle’s exterior and interior. You can also try to take photos of any other vehicles involved in the accident as long as other parties are cooperative.

Stay Safe

Although photographs and videos can help your case, it’s important to stay safe above anything else. If your accident occurs at night or during dangerous traffic conditions, don’t compromise your well-being for the sake of a few pictures.