Photos from the scene of a car accident can play a significant role and provide evidence of what caused the crash as well as drawing attention to other contributing factors that may have led to the collision. Photos also clearly show the nature and extent of injuries you may have suffered or the extent of damage to your vehicle as a result of the crash.
When it comes to details that may prove not just relevant, but also vital, to your car accident case, photos are extremely important. Because memory of an incident may become fuzzy very quickly, it is important to have visual evidence of what occurred including injuries, property damage, the scene of the crash, people who were present, debris at the scene, other vehicles, etc.
During negotiations with insurance companies, photos of the accident scene may be used to substantiate your injuries and the extent of fault of other parties. Ultimately, car accident photos are a powerful way to build a successful car accident case and recover maximum compensation for your losses. If you have been injured and cannot stay at the scene to take photos, ask a friend or relative if they can help you do so.
Here are four tips to take good photos of the accident scene that may help your case:
1. Don’t worry about the quality of your camera.
It’s important to understand what you’re trying to do in this situation. Your goal is to preserve evidence, not win a photography contest. So, any type of device — whether it’s an average cell phone camera or even a disposable camera — will do. Smartphone cameras have become increasingly sophisticated and can capture not just still images, but also videos. Make full use of these features. If you are able to get the date and time stamp on your photos, be sure to do so.
2. Capture as much detail as possible.
In the immediate aftermath of the accident, it may not be clear which details will become important to your case. In such situations, the best strategy is to take more photographs. If you have a camera with limited storage capacity such as a disposable camera, choose your images carefully. However, if you can take unlimited photos, take as many as you can including:
• Damage to your vehicle.
• Damage to other vehicles involved in the collision.
• Skid marks on the roadway.
• Any type of debris such as shattered glass or vehicle parts that may have broken off.
• The location or condition of stop signs and signals.
• The environment, including the surroundings, which show the weather conditions.
• Any visible injuries you, your passengers and other parties have sustained.
3. Shoot from different angles.
Try to take your photos from several angles as well as distance. If you are taking close-up photos, try to shoot it from a distance of 1 to 5 feet. Take photos from medium distance — about 10 to 15 feet away and if possible, panoramic photos. When you take pictures of vehicles and the surrounding areas, keep a common landmark such as a road sign, a tree or lamppost to show distance and scale. Be aware of lighting and weather conditions and how that can affect the quality of your photos.
4. Take photos of the surroundings.
While capturing details of your collision is crucial, context is important as well. There may be elements in the surrounding area that can be used later as evidence. Be sure to also take photos of surrounding businesses. Most businesses have security cameras, which may have captured the accident on video. Having the business names on photos may help you contact these businesses later.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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