Photo Tips for After a Car Accident

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Being in an accident can leave you shaken and stressed. But, in this aftermath, you need to think as clearly as possible. Taking photos of the accident scene is crucial. They can help you prove a case in court, if it becomes necessary to hire a Louisiana car accidents lawyer.

Why Take Photos at the Scene of a Car Accident?

When you are shaken from an accident, the last thing you think about is taking photos. But, it is critical that you gather evidence of what happened, as soon as possible after the accident. Here are a few reasons why phots:

    • Show how the accident happened;
    • Help determine who is at fault;
    • Document your injuries; and,
  • Lastly, they show the extent of the property damage.

If you are unable to take the photos due to injuries, ask an uninjured passenger to get the photos. Or, call a friend if there isn’t someone nearby that can do it for you.

How to Take Good Car Accident Photos

You do not need a special camera to take photos at the scene of an accident. You just need to take as many as possible covering these subjects:

    • Your vehicle;
    • The damages to your vehicle;
    • Other vehicles involved in accident;
    • Vehicle parts detached during the accident;
    • The site of the accident, such as an intersection, road, or parking lot;
    • Weather or environmental conditions (rain, sleet, fog, etc.); and,
  • Lastly, visible injuries on you and your passengers.

More Photo Tips :

    • Take pictures from a variety of angles as lighting may be better from a different view point.  If you need to, try different flash levels to get needed contrast.
    • Try for at least three angles at each point of damage.
    • Take duplicates of each angle so you have a better chance of getting a clear picture.
    • Take pictures at different distances. Close up photos can show the details of the damage. Medium photos (10 to 15 feet away) can show the larger areas of damage as well as capture some of the accident site. Panoramic or wide-angle photos can show vehicle positioning in the intersection.
    • Keep a landmark somewhere in the background. The landmark offers a marker for distance and scale. It also helps determine the angle from which the photo is taken.
  • Lastly, take photos of your injuries as they heal. Then, as they begin to heal, keep taking photos. This progression of photos can document the severity of the injuries, the difficulties they cause, and the necessity of therapy or special treatments.

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If you are in a car accident, photos provide critical evidence of what happened. Trust our experience and follow our photo tips to make your life easier. Contact us 24/7 to schedule a free consult.  

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