How to Photograph the Scene of an Accident

Published on June 25th, 2020

Photographs can play a major role in court proceedings following a car accident. If you are lucky enough to walk away from the crash without injuries, or are an unharmed bystander to the incident, it’s helpful to begin photographing the scene after the police have been called. Photos should never be a priority over caring for your own injuries or making sure that other injured people have medical attention.

However, if you are reasonably able, taking photos of the scene (or asking another person) can help to clarify the details of the crash in the aftermath that follows. If the case goes to court as a personal injury lawsuit, these photos may be the most reliable form of evidence, next to eyewitness testimony. Here are some of the key angles you will want to capture when photographing the scene of a car accident.

  1. An Overview of the Scene

    If safe to do so, step back and get a good look at the overall scene from multiple angles. These images can provide an overall picture of the position of the vehicles and the circumstances surrounding the accident.
  2. The Location of Traffic Signals

    Though you will not be able to capture the exact moment of the accident and which lights were illuminated, being able to illustrate their position can help investigations later.
  3. Weather Conditions

    Though this may seem clear from the scene overview image, photos that focus on showcasing the weather conditions of the moment can make a big impact on investigations as well.
  4. Vehicle and Property Damage

    Clear images of vehicle and property damage in the minutes after the accident will show the extent of the impact.
  5. People and Injuries

    Never take a photograph of anyone without their consent. If the other person is consenting, taking a photo of someone’s injuries or a witness for later identification can help complete the facts of the case.
  6. Key Documents

    Taking a photograph of someone else’s license, registration information, and license plate is an easy way to collect necessary details. It can also be used to confirm or discount the documents later on.

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