Taking Photos and Videos at the Scene of an Accident

There are some things you have to do when you are involved in a car accident to ensure that your rights are protected. One of the most important of these is documenting the scene of the car accident through photos or videos.

Pictures and videos don’t lie. It tells the story without fear of misinterpretation or misrepresentation, and you need to preserve the evidence in situ. This is important if you find yourself defending your position in an insurance claim or a lawsuit. Thanks to advances in technology, you will probably have a camera handy through your mobile phone or tablet which takes decent photos and videos. Photos and videos are persuasive arguments in proving your case. In the event that you don’t have such a facility or it is unavailable i.e. low in battery, any camera will do.  Use the date and time stamp if the feature is available to provide information that may have relevance later on.

The scene of the accident includes the position of the vehicle or vehicles at the point of contact. You also need to document the surroundings to provide context i.e. at an intersection at night during a storm. If you can, document using at least three different angles, and take near and far shots. Other details that may escape your notice at the time will be captured and may prove to be crucial during an investigation. At the very least, photographic documentation will help refresh your memory when you recount the car accident to your insurer, lawyer, during a deposition or at trial as the case may be. Take as many photos or as long a video as you can manage. If storage or film is limited, capture the important details first.

Here is a list of things that you should prioritize:

  • The vehicles and the damage sustained
  • Skid marks
  • Crash debris
  • Site of the accident
  • Weather conditions
  • Any injuries sustained

Check the photos and videos you have taken before leaving the scene of the accident to make sure that you have enough usable ones. If you think you have a personal injury claim, take your evidence to a car accident lawyer for an assessment.

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