Photographs and videos from various angles, positions, and distances of the motor vehicle accident are powerful pieces of evidence in a personal injury claim. Having a variety of photographs and videos can help your claim, as they can show important details and factors of the accident. Additionally, photos are important to fill in the blanks if you forget any details about the accident.
Photo evidence will document various key details of the accident, including who was involved, property damages, injuries, posted traffic signs at the scene of the crash, weather conditions, and roadway conditions. Furthermore, photo evidence can prove beneficial to your claim by showing how the other party is at fault for the accident.
Understanding what types of photos and videos will be beneficial to your claim is crucial when photographing the scene of an accident. When taking photo and video evidence, it is recommended that you capture:
- Injuries. Photographing your injuries immediately after, and in the days that follow, is crucial. Remember that some injuries, like bruising, may not appear immediately after the crash. Thus, photographing them as they appear is important.
- Vehicle Damage. The exterior and interior of your vehicle can be severely damaged in a crash. Take photos of any damage to your vehicle including dents, scratches, broken windows, bumpers that are hanging or have fallen off, shattered windows, and other damages caused by the vehicle that hit you.
- Property Damage. Property damage, including nearby structural damage, and roadway or traffic sign damage should also be captured as evidence. In addition to these, photographing other aspects of the scene, such as skid marks, can be useful evidence.
- Nearby Traffic Signs. Traffic signs and signals can prove to be important clues in determining who is at fault in an accident. Documenting photos of all present traffic signs and signals at the scene is useful and should be done.
- People Involved. Once the police arrive, you should be documenting the officers, witnesses, and other individuals involved. It’s important to know who was there, as your attorney may wish to consult one or more of the police officers or witnesses present at the accident scene.
- Surrounding Scene. Even if you don’t realize their significance at the moment, the surroundings of the accident scene may contain valuable evidence for later use. For example, there could be businesses with security cameras that recorded the entire incident. By taking pictures, you’ll be reminded to reach out to these establishments later.
- Any Other Important Details. Photograph anything that you feel is important or relevant to the accident. You can never have too much photo evidence. Even if you don’t use it in your claim, it is better to have more than you need, rather than not enough. Additionally, taking pictures of the same thing from various angles and positions is useful.
- Timestamps/Dates. Dates and timestamps on your photos are important. They provide an accurate account of when the accident occurred.