While smartphones can be a distraction to drivers when behind the wheel, they are a valuable resource when it comes to taking pictures after a car accident. As soon as you use your phone to report a crash and contact law enforcement officers, use the phone camera to take photos of the accident scene, including damage to the vehicles involves, your injuries, traffic signs, and even skid marks on the pavement.
Although it may be difficult to remember to take pictures when you have been involved in a collision, photographic evidence could essentially make or break your case. Photos can provide visual details about how the crash occurred, who was to blame, and what damages were sustained as a result of the collision.
If you do not take photos, the insurance carrier representing the at-fault driver may dispute how the accident happened and who should be liable. For example, a lack of documentation of your injuries—especially if you fail to seek immediate medical care—may be interpreted by an insurer as a lack of injuries. It may also come down to your word against that of the other motorist.
The following are helpful tips for taking good pictures after a car accident:
- Take as many pictures as space allows – You may believe that you are being excessive and that all the photos that you are taking are unnecessary; however, you never know what you may uncover when revisiting the photos at a later time.
- Take pictures from different angles – Not only should you take a bunch of photos of different things, but also multiple photos of the same thing from multiple angles. Additionally, get plenty of close-up shots of damage.
- Take pictures of your injuries throughout the recovery process – Photos of your injuries can be one of the most important parts of your claim and can provide proof of the extent of harm that you have suffered. These photos can show the difficulties that your injuries have posed over time, how severe they are to prevent you from working, and can demonstrate the need for ongoing medical care.
- If you are unable to take pictures, ask someone else to do so – Ask someone at the scene, whether it is a witness or a police officer—to take photos of the car accident scene for you. It is also possible to contact a family member or friend to go to the scene and take photos.