While putting your health and safety first is essential after a crash, collecting photos of the accident scene if you are able can be an important way to support your insurance claim or lawsuit. What photos may support your claim after a car accident?
1. The scene of the accident
Documenting the accident scene can help show what occurred in a crash. Useful photos may include wide shots of the position of the cars from multiple angles, any damaged signs or other property, debris on the road, skid marks and other details.
2. Damage done to the cars
Photographing the damage impacting the cars not only documents the damage but also links that damage to the crash. This should include any evidence of a crash visible inside the car like a deployed airbag.
3. The license plates
While it is important to write down the license plate numbers of any cars involved in a crash, taking photos of license plates can also be important. A close-up photo of license plates can provide you with a backup record of the numbers, while a wide shot that includes the license plate will prove that the cars were actually present at the site of the crash.
4. Street signs
Just as photographing license plates can create a backup of license plate numbers for your record, pictures of street signs can do the same for your location. In addition, photographs of stop signs, yield signs and traffic lights can help with future reconstruction of the crash.
5. Any injuries sustained in the crash
While a doctor’s examination is an important way to document injuries after a crash, you do not have to wait to document this harm. Photographing bruises, scrapes and cuts can support your injury claim in the future.
While not everyone has the opportunity to document these details after a crash, photographs can act as important support for your claim after a collision.