5 Types of Photos to Take at an Auto Accident Scene

If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision, the success of a subsequent injury claim ultimately rests on two elements: liability and damages. Can you prove the defendant was at fault for the crash, and do you have evidence of the damages you incurred as a direct result?

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A strong car accident claim can contain all kinds of evidence, including:

  • Eyewitness testimony;
  • Expert testimony;
  • Official police reports;
  • Dash cam footage;
  • Surveillance recordings;
  • Toxicology reports;
  • Paystubs and tax documents;
  • Medical records; and
  • Other receipts and invoices related to your injuries.

Fortunately, a seasoned lawyer can help you gather all of the above; however, it is up to you to gather one of the most important pieces of evidence: photographs from the scene. If you did not sustain life-threatening injuries, it is wise to remain at the site of the crash and document the wreck from all angles.

A Canton personal injury attorney from Amanda Hall Injury Law can then review these photos to help you determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim. Call 678-445-7423 to schedule a free case evaluation.

Read on to learn about the kinds of accident scene photos that are valuable when building a personal injury claim:

  1. Photos That Capture Road Conditions

If there was snow, ice, water, or oil on the road, it’s essential capture it in at least a few photos. You should also document any work zones, potholes, sand, or wet leaves that may have played a role in the accident.

  1. Photos That Capture the Weather and Time of Day

Your camera may automatically time stamp each photo, but it can still be helpful to capture where the sun hung in the sky at the time of the collision. For example, could it have caused a glare that resulted in reduced visibility?

  1. Photos That Capture the Other Vehicles’ License Plates

Take a close-up of each vehicle’s license plate so you are not relying solely on the information the other drivers provided in the aftermath. Capture both sides of every motorist’s driver’s license, as well, to ensure the data they gave you is accurate.

  1. Photos That Capture the Flow of Traffic 

Stop signs, traffic signals, and posted speed limits can all contribute to the strength of your claim. Do not leave the scene without taking a few wide-angle shots that capture the general flow of traffic in the area.

  1. Photos That Capture Your Injuries

If you sustained any visible injuries in the crash, start recording them from day one. Take photos of the injuries themselves, as well as where they occurred. If there is blood on the front seat or steering wheel, for example, documenting it could strengthen your injury claim considerably.

Once you have captured all of the above, turn to Amanda Hall Injury Law. We will gather the rest of the evidence for your case so you can focus on recovering. Contact us online or call 678-445-7423 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Canton. You can learn more about car accident claims in Georgia by visiting the USAttorneys website.

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