Should I Take Pictures After a Car Accident

Should I Take Pictures After a Car Accident?

You may be asking yourself this very question right now upon experiencing a scary car accident in Pennsylvania. You may not know what to do, but these moments directly following an accident are crucial for keeping the order of events fresh in your mind. The answer is YES. Taking pictures, if you are physically able to, is vital to recording the accident scene as evidence for your personal injury claim.

When a car accident occurs, there are usually two (or more) very different accounts of what happened as drivers try to pass blame. Properly taken photos of the car accident scene help to eliminate doubt and find who is truly at fault, or liable, for the accident. Unlike personal accounts, photographs are not subject to interpretation or skewed because of one’s memory. This greatly helps your insurance company.

What should I do first?

If anyone is hurt at the scene of the accident, call 911 before doing anything else. Report the accident and the injuries, and be sure the injured receive prompt care. If you yourself are injured in a way that you cannot take photographs, it is OK to take them later.

If you are fit to take pictures, do so while you wait for police. Turn on your camera’s time stamp function if you have a camera handy; if not, most cell phones these days are able to capture clear images in a snap. Move quickly and try to get the whole accident scene before it is cleared by police. Get as many images as you can and think about what insurance adjustors and attorneys would like to know about the accident.

What should I take pictures of?

Scenic views of your accident, traffic signs, weather/ road conditions, injuries…nothing is too small for this type of documentation. Before your only evidence for what happens becomes your memories and a police report, get as many details as you can. Take pictures of your car and others involved. Get close-ups of damage after taking a long shot (panoramic if possible) of the entire scene first. Property damage photos of your car can be taken after the accident is cleared off, but if you had valuables in your car at the time of the accident that were damaged as a result of the accident, it will be difficult to prove later on that they were in there. So take those pictures, too.

If you’ve been injured in a Pennsylvania car accident, our lawyers would be happy to receive your documentation to help us build a strong case for your personal injury claim. Call your Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyers today.


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