Photographing the aftermath of a car accident

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Firm News |

Car accidents are a common occurrence on Connecticut roadways. In fact, in the past three years, there have been nearly 350,000 traffic accidents in the state. Roughly a third of these collisions have resulted in injuries to drivers, passengers, pedestrians or others. 

If you sustain a serious injury in a collision, you may be able to seek financial compensation from the driver who caused it. To boost your chances of recovering completely, you should try to document the accident scene. While there are many types of evidence that may bolster your claim, such as police reports and witness testimony, photographic documentation is often extremely helpful. 

Check for injuries 

Before photographing a car accident, you must be certain you are healthy enough to do so. Remember, not all car accident injuries show up immediately. On the contrary, it may take some time before you realize you are not well. Therefore, it is always a good idea to seek medical help after a collision. 

Be mindful of your personal safety 

Accident scenes often continue to be hazardous after the collision. Therefore, you should never put yourself in danger to take photographs of the crash site. Instead, be sure you, your passengers and others are safe before reaching for your camera. 

Capture relevant information 

When taking photographs of a car accident, you want to be sure to capture relevant information. Among other subjects, photograph the following: 

  • All involved vehicles 
  • Vehicle damage 
  • Traffic patterns 
  • Weather conditions 
  • Road signs 

Photograph your injuries 

Your doctor will likely create a medical record about your injuries. Still, a picture is worth a thousand words. Accordingly, you should photograph your visible injuries soon after the accident. Then, continue to make a photographic record throughout your healing process. With photographs from the first moments through your recovery, you can demonstrate your ongoing health issues, pain and suffering and other damages.