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What pictures to take after a car accident

On Behalf of | Feb 18, 2023 | Car Accidents

If you get involved in a car accident, gathering evidence is certainly a good way to support your potential case. After all, you may already believe that the other driver was negligent and caused the accident. As a result, you want to seek compensation for your injuries, and the pictures can help to demonstrate that level of fault.

But what picture should you take? Here are a few things you should do:

Pictures of the entire crash scene

First of all, start by photographing the entire scene. If possible, you want to do this before either vehicle is moved away from the crash site. This can easily help to show how the accident occurred. For example, if the other driver’s car is partially in your lane, it’s obvious that they are the one who crossed the centerline.

Pictures of the actual damage

Next, go through and take pictures of the damage your vehicle sustained, any injuries that you suffered in the crash and potential injuries to others. Remember that your case is going to revolve around not just showing that the other person caused the crash, but also demonstrating the real ramifications of that accident. These pictures help to show why you needed medical care, for example.

Pictures of identifying information

Even if the other driver cooperates, it can be helpful to have identifying information on file. It may be useful to snap a picture of the other driver’s license plate, for instance, or of their driver’s license. You can ask them to do this when you are exchanging information at the scene, as both drivers should.

Once you decide to start your case to seek compensation, just make sure you know exactly what legal steps you need to take.