Why should I take photos after an accident?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

An auto accident can be a devastating experience, both physically and emotionally. An accident can change your life in ways that you never expected, especially if it causes a severe injury.

The last thing you want to do after an accident is to worry about taking photographs or documenting the experience, but this can be one of the most crucial steps that you can take.

Six important photos

After an accident, the shock and stress can make it challenging to remember small details. However, pictures seldom lie, and they can back up your story. Photographs help you explain what happened and offer evidence that can used to ensure you receive full compensation.

If it is safe, here are some photos you should take after your accident:

  • Your injuries – Photos of your injuries help prove you were physically affected by the crash and can help determine how much compensation you deserve.
  • Your car and other vehicles involved – Take photos of all the damage done to your car from the crash as well as pictures of the other driver’s car. Photographic evidence of the damage can help insurance companies figure out how much it will cost to repair your vehicle.
  • The scene of the accident – General photos of the accident scene can help establish what happened during the crash. Take pictures immediately after the collision, only if you are physically able. Your safety comes first, and moving around after an accident if you are injured can make your injuries worse.
  • The condition of the roads – Rain, snow, ice, potholes and construction can cause accidents as well. Documenting these factors can support your story.
  • The traffic signs or lights in the area – Photos of mileage signs, yield signs and stop signs can help establish what was happening before the crash.
  • Any other items damaged in the crash – Crashes can cause drivers to swerve off the road and into fences, signs, or trees. Document any damaged objects around the accident area.

The more detailed you are with your photographs of the accident, the more evidence you have to support your version of events. Good photos can also help dispute false claims made by the other driver.