After an auto accident, most people’s memories are unreliable. This can be due to psychological injuries, physical trauma, or the stress of the situation. This is when accident scene photos can be invaluable. They can provide a clear, undeniable picture of the property damage, injuries, and what happened at the accident scene.
If you aren’t injured and can safely capture photos at an accident scene, you should do so right away. As more people arrive at the scene, evidence can disappear.
Types of car accident photos to take
When taking photos of an accident scene, think about who will see them. Are they going to show how an accident happened, what damage occurred, or who’s responsible?
Some types of photos to take include:
- Close-up and far-away shots
- Damage to vehicles and personal property
- Personal injuries
- The surrounding area (including traffic signals, trees, roads, weather conditions, the surrounding area, etc.)
- With and without your flash
- Different angles of the same thing
- Personal documents
Important things to remember when taking accident scene photos
Before you take any photos, make sure you set the time and date stamp on your camera. While some cell phones may add this automatically, this isn’t always the case with other types of cameras. The time and date stamp on the photo prove when you took it.
Don’t forget to stay safe
Before attempting to take photos of the accident scene, make sure you can do so safely. If you are injured, seeking medical attention is more important than taking photos. However, any photos you do get can help with your auto accident case.