Why Car Accident Pictures Are So Important and How to Take Them

Pictures are often the most telling piece of evidence you can collect after a car accident.

A car accident is a traumatic event that brings along some moments of utter chaos. It is completely understandable that during those times you may be confused and not know what to do.

The first thing you should do is call the authorities, and if you are hurt, get medical treatment for your injuries. However, if your injuries aren’t too bad, you should also consider gathering as much evidence as possible. This evidence, particularly photographs, can prove to be extrememly valuable later on.

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Why You Should Take Photos

Photos are often the most telling piece of evidence you can collect. Whether you’re filling an insurance claim, or even plan to sue the other driver, photo evidence is generally considered incontestable in Missouri courts.

However, you should make sure the photos you take are of high quality and contain the important elements of the accident.

How to Take Them

Photos from the car accident scene are only relevant if they can accurately reflect the incident, and not just regarding the damages it produced. You should also take pictures of the surroundings, as some elements there may prove to be the cause of the accident.

Here are some tips to follow:

1. General Shots of the Scene – These photos are about showing the scene as a whole, so you don’t have to worry about details. Make sure to take them from different angles to get in as much as you can.

2.  Photograph all the vehicles involved in the crash, at different angles, focusing on their damage.

3. The traffic light and sign shots near the scene.

4. Take photos of the sky, snow, rain, or other weather conditions. Even if the weather wasn’t to blame for the accident, a picture of a clear blue sky will prevent the other driver from claiming so to try and avoid paying damages.

5. Look for any damaged objects nearby, like street signs, garbage cans, or trees.

6. Get the license plates and insurance card of all the vehicles involved.

7. Look for debris, skid marks, or other elements on the road caused by the crash.

8. Photographs the people involved in the accident, like the driver and passenger, as well as witnesses, policy officer, EMTs or any other people at the scene. This can help you later on to identify people.

9. Document any damage or injury you’ve sustained as a result of the accident. If you can, photographs the visually evident injuries right on-site.

Speak With an Attorney 24/7

Photo evidence can prove crucial in these cases, but even they are only one piece of the puzzle. If you’ve been the victim of a car crash and want to seek compensation from the at-fault driver, get in touch with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242.

Updated: July 12, 2021