Should I take photos of my car accident?

take photos of crash scene as evidenceWhether seemingly minor or very serious, a car accident scene can be chaotic and confusing. Concern for the well-being of the people involved and the immediate safety of everyone on the road can make for an overwhelming experience. It’s natural to be unsure of what to do in that moment and the time that follows. Though it can be difficult to think about right away, it’s important to preserve as much evidence as possible from a car crash to make sure that those responsible are held accountable and the injured are able to make as complete a recovery as possible. One key area of evidence that can be collected fairly quickly and easily are photos.

Why Take Photos of My Alaska Car Accident?

Photographs help paint a clear picture of the accident scene. Insurance adjusters and members of the court are able to visualize specifically what occurred when they are able to see photos from the accident site. Photos show details related to the accident such as:

  • Weather conditions
  • Road location
  • Point of impact
  • Extent of damage
  • Degree of injury

What Should I Take Photos of at the Accident Scene?

It is easy to snap quick photos at the crash scene. Like police reports, eyewitness statements, medical records, and much more, photos be used to prove what happened, so they don’t need to be perfect. Taken on a smart phone or any type of camera, try to show as much of what happened as possible, including photos of:

  • All vehicles involved
  • The surrounding area
  • Any traffic signs
  • Property involved
  • Tires marks on the road
  • Injuries of those involved

Take more photos than you think you need, and take them from a number of angles. If it turns out you don’t need them, they can be erased, but it is not possible to go back and take more photos once the scene has been cleared. Also, it’s important to be considerate of others involved and the work of the police; pictures can be taken without obstructing anyone’s business or being too intrusive.

What If I Was Severely Injured and Couldn’t Take Photos?

In some cases, accident victims suffer very serious injuries are taken from the scene directly to the hospital. You may or may not have been conscious after the accident. If it’s possible, send a family member or friend to take photos for you. If not, be sure to document your injuries. While it can be difficult to see photos of your injuries, it can help others better understand the extent of your pain and the road to recovery you will face.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident, it is possible to obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages, so you can focus on as complete a recovery as possible. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a legal claim, contact attorney Ben Crittenden to learn more about your rights and options. Request a free copy of his book, A Guide to Car Accident Claims in Alaska, or call his Anchorage office directly to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.