Car accidents happen every day. In 2020, there were more than 35,000 vehicle collisions in the United States.
When you find yourself in a wreck, taking pictures should be a top priority after making sure everyone is safe and exchanging contact information with other drivers. If you are unsure what kind of photos to take, consider this list.
1. The entire scene
As long as the location of the vehicles does not present a road hazard, you should take as many photos as possible of the scene before moving any cars. Try to capture the scene from multiple angles.
2. Vehicle damages
You also want to take pictures of vehicle damages. This includes your vehicle as well as any other vehicles involved.
3. Road debris from the accident
Many times after a collision, there is debris scattered across the road. If so, be sure to take photos of it, too. Such photos could be useful later for determining fault and demonstrating the seriousness of the collision.
4. Visible bodily injuries
If you or anyone else in the vehicle suffers a visible injury, you should also take pictures of that. These pictures help to demonstrate the extent of the injuries and provide proof that they occurred as a result of the accident.
5. Location and condition of road signs
Take a look around the crash and capture shots of the nearby road signs and traffic lights as well. Pay special attention to the condition of these signs and lights because this is something that an insurer may ask about later.
By taking these photos, you can better prepare yourself to handle a challenging situation.