Understanding Whether You Should Take Pictures of an Auto Accident After it Happens

Being involved in a car accident is often an overwhelming experience. Many people who find themselves in this situation may wonder whether or not pictures should be taken of the accident after it occurs. The answer to this important question is yes. But if you’re not a professional photographer, how do you go about documenting the scene of an accident?

Be sure to capture the accident location, cars involved, people involved, and any injuries sustained. Take as many photos as possible from as many angles as possible. Moving around the scene and taking pictures will allow accident re-constructionists to create a more accurate account of the car accident. The rule of thumb is to take three times as many photos as you think you’d need.

Photos from a good quality camera are obviously preferable. But if all you have is your camera phone, then use that. If you don’t have access to a camera at all, you may want to run to a nearby convenience store and pick up a disposal camera.

Should I Take Photos Immediately or Wait Until Later?
We understand that being in an accident is a stressful and scary experience. But if at all possible, you should try to take photos immediately. In cases where “impending” skid marks come into play, these photographs can play a critical role in winning your case.

Imminent skid marks are slight marks that result while a vehicle’s brakes are used, when a tire begins to leave a mark on the roadway before it actually skids. These imprints disappear within 24 to 48 hours. Documenting them will give a critical account of the accident and how fast the vehicle in question was going.

To photograph impending skid marks, lay a shoe or easily measured item next to the marks. Based on your photographs, an accident re-constructionist will then be able to compute the actual distances at a later date.

If you are unable to take photographs, contact an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney at Breyer Law Offices immediately at 602-978-6400, 623-930-8064, 480-753-4534, or Espanol 602-222-8787. We can send out professional investigators to take photographs and document critical evidence before it is lost.

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