After a car accident, you may not immediately think to take photos in the event that you need to pursue a lawsuit. The truth is that photos could become an important part of your car accident case, and your attorney may advise that you take those photos as quickly as possible.
Are you uncertain about which photos you should take after your car accident? These are some of the first photos you should take before you call your attorney.
The Car Placement
If possible, take photos of where each car is placed on the road. This may be helpful to your attorney later as they review the police report and other evidence.
Of course, you may have to move your vehicles out of the lanes of traffic. Still, it's a good idea to take a photo of where the cars will be located in the street.
Dents & Damage at the Scene
Next, take photos of the damage to each vehicle. This includes close-up photos of any dents, broken glass, and other damage.
If you have a serious injury, you may not be able to move around and take photos. In this case, you may ask someone else at the accident scene to take the photos for you. Make sure to get their contact information as well.
Property Damage at the Scene
Did the accident damage any property? For example, did a car hit a guardrail, street sign, or building? If so, take photos of this damage as well. This could help provide information as to which car caused the accident.
Bruising & Swelling
If you have any visible injuries, such as bruises or swelling, take photos of those injuries as well. It's important to document your injuries right away, as they may worsen over time.
Make sure to take close-up photos as well as pictures of the injuries from different angles. It may also be helpful to take a photo of the injuries in natural light.
Of course, if you're injured, you should prioritize seeing the doctor as soon as possible. Medical treatment is the most important thing after an accident.
Your Accident Injury Attorney May Request Specific Photos
These are just a few examples of the types of photos you should take after an accident. Your attorney may request specific photos as well, depending on the details of your case.
For example, if you were rear-ended, your attorney may want photos of the taillights of the car that hit you. If a pothole caused your accident, your attorney may want photos of the pothole itself.
To learn more, contact a car accident attorney in your area.