Pointers on Taking Accident Scene Pictures

If you are in an accident, taking photos of the scene could make all the difference between winning your case or losing it. Photographs can give a more objective perspective to the case, regardless of whether it is a motor vehicle accident or a slip-and-fall injury.

Evidence Rules

Some rules of evidence prohibit the presentation of remedial actions taken. Pictures taken after an accident could be the only proof that the environment was the same day or the next day.

Choose Which Pictures to Take

Consider which photos will tell the story of the accident before you start snapping. You might want to photograph the signs leading to an accident site for motor vehicle accidents. You may also want to take photos of the exact accident site and vehicle damage.

For a premises liability case, you may want to take pictures of the location of items that led to the fall. You might want to capture food spilled on the ground without any warning signs.

You can take wide shots of the entire accident scene. You can always take more detailed photos later.

Take pictures of all injuries. You can show potential jurors pictures of your injury over time to give them a better understanding of the pain and suffering you experienced.

Make the Most of the Camera Available to You

Even though you might want a higher quality camera, photos taken earlier in the process can be more useful than detailed shots taken later. Use your phone’s camera if you have it. You can always come back later with another camera to capture images that will not change, such as road signs.

Take Close-Ups

Take larger photos of the accident scene. Next, focus on the most important parts of the accident. Take close-ups of vehicles damaged. Include an identification characteristic such as a VIN number or license plate number in your picture so it is impossible to doubt that it is your vehicle damaged in the photo. Try different angles. These photos can show you the most likely causes of the accident.

Establish the Date and Time

If your camera has a date/time stamp function, use it. This tool will help you to show the distance between the accident time and the time that the photo was taken.

Take a Lot of Pictures

Don’t worry about taking the perfect shot, especially when you have a limited time. Take as many photos as possible to capture important details of the accident scene. Photograph from different angles and distances.

Take any photos that contradict the explanations given by the defendant. If a store manager claims that employees have not seen the produce fall to the ground, then take photos of the food that has been in this state for longer periods of time. Photographs from the vantage point of a motor vehicle accident defendant should be taken if he or she claims that he/she didn’t see you.

Consider Weather and Lighting

Your pictures may be affected by the weather. Take into account how weather conditions such as rain, snow, and sunlight can affect your photos. Try using different settings and flash intensities to take the same pictures. You can switch between flash and no flash.

Photograph the weather conditions if you suspect the defendant might be blaming weather. Photograph the sun and its relationship to a stationary object such as a building. Photograph any rain, snow, or precipitation.

Check for Other Cameras

You should also look for other cameras that can help you prove what you have said. You might find outside cameras at nearby offices or businesses.

Updated on 12/15/2021