With nearly everyone carrying smart phones these days, it is usually quite convenient to get good quality accident scene photos. Remembering to snap key photos at the scene can be very helpful to any sort of damage claim that arises from the accident. There are certain things that are helpful to document after an automobile accident:
- An overview of the accident scene from several vantage points;
- All property damage – detailed photos of the damage to all involved vehicles and any other objects such as a destroyed fence;
- Any visible injuries to any involved party.
- Any tire marks on the pavement;
- The position of the vehicles as they came to rest after the incident;
- Any relevant traffic controls – i.e. stop signs or traffic signals;
- Any obstacles affecting view or visibility such as weather/environmental conditions, or signs;
- Point of view photographs representing location of drivers and any witnesses; and
- Any markers showing position of vehicles before/during crash, which could include treadmarks, debris, or gouges in roadway.
Generally, take as many photographs from as many vantage points as possible. This is especially important if the highway patrol or police do not come to the scene to investigate and do a report. The pictures may help the insurance companies determine liability (fault).
I’m Ed Smith, a North Highlands attorney with the most informative and comprehensive accident site on the internet, www.AutoAccident.com. If you or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of another driver, please feel free to call me for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400. If you are outside of the Sacramento region, call toll free at (800) 404-5400.