Being hurt in a car crash can leave you dazed, disoriented, and in shock, especially if you suffered a serious injury. But the minutes and hours following a car accident are crucial moments when you can preserve evidence from the crash to use in a legal claim for compensation. Pictures of the car crash scene can be important proof that secures your case. But why is taking pictures after a car crash so important?
Why Pictures Are Crucial After a Crash
Having car crash scene pictures when you pursue a claim for compensation against the other driver can prove critical to your success for a couple of reasons:
- Pictures show damage to the vehicles. Documenting the damage your car sustained in the crash can help prove the severity of the collision.
- Pictures can help tell the story of how the accident happened. Crash scene photos can be used to help piece together what happened immediately before and during a car crash. That could help prove which driver or party was responsible for causing the collision.
- Pictures document injuries. Finally, photographing visible injuries helps document that the car crash and nothing else caused them.
What Should I Take Pictures Of?
Anything and everything. Details at the crash scene that you document with photos or video include:
- Damage to the vehicles involved in the crash
- Damage to any nearby property, such as guardrails, benches, mailboxes, or signposts
- The interior of your vehicle, including deployed airbags or broken windows
- Any broken debris from the vehicles on the road
- Any skid marks or other markings on the road
- Traffic signs, traffic lights, and road lines at the scene
- Lighting and weather conditions
- Traffic conditions
- Any visual obstructions
- The condition of the road
- Visible injuries you sustained
Try to take multiple photos at a time and capture whatever detail you’re taking a photo of from multiple angles to make sure you have a good image.
When Is the Best Time to Take Pictures after a Collision?
Ideally, you should take pictures as soon as possible after a car crash. If you aren’t badly injured and it’s safe to walk around the crash scene, use your cell phone to take photographs immediately. If your injuries prevent you from taking photos, contact a family member, friend, or attorney to come to the scene and take photographs for you.
The longer you wait to take photos or video, the greater the risk that important details may be lost. Vehicles might be moved. Debris from the accident could be cleaned up hours after the accident. Damage to nearby property might be repaired in the days following a crash, and weather or road wear can fade skid marks and other signs of the accident on the road.
How Mike Deering Could Help
Let Deering Hedrick help you recover financial compensation from the driver or other parties at fault for the crash by:
- Taking the time to understand your story, concerns, and goals so that you receive representation tailored to achieving the results you want
- Investigating the crash, including taking photos of the crash scene if you’re unable to do so
- Reviewing the evidence to determine how the crash occurred and identify whether the other driver or another party was responsible for causing the accident
- Filing your claim for compensation with insurance companies and handling all communications with the adjuster on your behalf
- Negotiating a settlement that pays you fair and full compensation for your injuries
- Pursuing your claims in court when a settlement can’t be reached with the other side
If you were hurt in a Virginia Beach car crash, call or contact Deering Hedrick today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Discuss your legal rights and options with a legal professional so that you understand how to pursue a financial recovery for your injuries.