If you were injured in a car accident and would like to seek financial compensation, one of the most important steps you can take is take photos at the scene of the accident. Read on to learn the specifics of what you should capture, and give our skilled Houston car accident lawyer a call today.
What should I take photos of after a car accident?
All Cars Involved
You will want to recognize that pictures should be taken of all of the cars that were involved in the accident, even if there is no damage to one of them. The photos will be beneficial in deciding the cars involved (license plate, make, model, color). Property damage to the cars should also be photographed. If safety allows, take pictures before the cars are moved. Take as many pictures as you are able to and make sure you also get shots close-up and from a distance. This is important to choose the location of impact, the force of collision speed of travel, and direction of movement. Take photos of the front windshield of the other drivers’ cars. Sometimes something is suspended from the rearview mirror that blocks their view of the road.
Take pictures of the road and weather conditions, traffic signals and signs, and overall roadway layout. Look for tire skid marks, broken glass, or other things left on the pavement. Sometimes visibility is an important factor in a car accident, so look for large objects that may have blocked the drivers’ view of the road. If there’s a potential dispute regarding the color of the traffic light (i.e. red light versus green light), take a video that shows the timing of the lights at the intersection for all paths of travel.
Your injuries will gradually heal over time, so you should take photos right after an accident. Photos of your injuries will help others determine your physical condition after the car accident. Sometimes your medical practitioner will prescribe the use of devices such as an arm sling, cervical collar, walker, etc. Take photos of these devices and, if you can, keep these devices in a safe place even after they become unnecessary for your medical treatment. These devices may be used as evidence in your case.
Other Important Tips
Make sure you set your digital camera or cellphone so that the date (and, if possible, time) appears in the photo. This will help determine the problem of having to remember when the picture was taken if asked later on. Also, back up your digital photographs by saving them onto a second hard drive, copying them onto a thumb drive, burning a copy onto a CD or DVD, and/or printing out the photographs. The last thing you want happening is losing these photographs because of faulty technology.
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