Photographic Evidence From Your Car Accident
Photographs taken at the scene of a car crash can provide valuable evidence not only when it comes to establishing loss and damages, but also in proving whose negligence actually caused the accident. For help compiling evidence, including photographs from the scene of your own accident, please reach out to our experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident lawyers today.
Important Accident Scene Photos
It’s extremely difficult to deny the evidence contained in a photo, especially from car accident scenes, which can provide proof of property damage and physical injuries. Certain photos are particularly convincing, including photos of the entire accident scene taken from several angles. It’s also important, however, to focus on the details of the crash by:
- Photographing all of the vehicles involved in the collision;
- Taking close-up photos of the damage sustained by the vehicles from various angles;
- Photographing the parties’ license plates;
- Taking photographs of debris that may have fallen from the vehicles, including vehicle parts and broken glass;
- Photographing the location of the accident, including traffic lights and signs;
- Taking photos of of the weather conditions;
- Taking photos of skid marks, including the length and widths of the marks, as well as their direction;
- Photographing the other people at the scene; and
- Taking photos of the parties’ injuries.
To learn more about the types of photographs that could help establish liability in your own car accident case, please call our Fort Lauderdale office today.
Tips for Taking Accident Scene Photos
It’s best, when taking photos at a car accident scene, to take a wide variety of shots, including close-up photographs and wide angle shots. For close-up photos, a distance of one to five feet from the subject can help capture the details of property damage and skid marks, which can be used to prove the cause of an accident. It’s also a good idea to take medium distance photos, from between ten to 15 feet away and long distance photos from 20 or more feet, but only when safe to do so.
When taking pictures of vehicles and the surrounding area, drivers should keep a common landmark in each of the photos, which can help demonstrate both distance and scale. Taking photos with and without flash and being aware of sunlight, shadows, and weather conditions is also extremely important, as they could affect the final image. While a variety of different photos could come into play when proving fault and damages after a car accident, those of vehicle damage and the scene of the crash itself often play the biggest role in resolving a civil suit.
Consult with an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
To learn more about compiling convincing evidence and building a strong case after your own car crash, please call one of the dedicated car accident lawyers at Boone & Davis today. You can set up a free consultation with a member of our legal team by calling our office at 954-566-9919 or by completing one of our online contact forms.