Should I Get Photos of Every Vehicle Involved in a Crash?

May 13, 2022

Yes. Photos of all vehicles involved in a car crash can serve as powerful evidence when figuring out the cause of the crash and who should be held liable for the damages resulting from the crash.

In general, taking photos of the car accident scene is one of the best ways to preserve evidence. These photos will be very useful when dealing with the liable party’s insurance claims adjusters tasked to investigate your claim. Likewise, they can be used as solid evidence when you bring a personal injury claim against the liable party to recoup the losses you incurred in the car crash. 

Specifically, photos can paint a clear picture of the crash, including the location of the cash, weather, and road conditions at the time of the crash, where both vehicles were positioned, any debris, collision points, and other relevant details. They can also help jog or refresh your memory later when you’re dealing with a claims adjuster or testifying in court or for a deposition.

How to Effectively Photograph Vehicles Involved in a Crash

When taking photos of vehicle damage, begin by snapping shots of each car from all corners in a way that captures the whole car in the shot. By doing this, you’re capturing two sides of the car in one photo. Remember, the extent of damage isn’t nearly as crucial for determining fault for the crash as the exact location of the damage and the angle from which the damage came. 

Depending on the number of cars you have to photograph, you should also consider taking pictures of all four sides of the cars squarely to demonstrate the entire side in each photo. Make sure to take photos that clearly show the plates on each car as well.

In addition, do not just take photos of the angles or sides where you can see vehicle damage. You should also include sides or areas that are not damaged. This could prove useful later in case the other party lies about the accident or tries to pin the blame on you.

If there are scuff, skid, gouge, or yaw marks or pieces of the car lying around, take photos of these as well. These marks could be vital for proving the other party’s fault. Take photos of these marks that will show where they began in the exact direction the car skidded. Also, make sure to take photos of the skid marks and the car together.

Talk to a Skilled Ventura Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash, don’t hesitate to contact the law office of Bamieh & De Smeth right away. Our Ventura car accident lawyer will review your case to figure out the most suitable legal and financial recovery options specific to your case. You can send us an online message or call our office at 805-643-5555 to arrange your free consultation with our Ventura car accident lawyer today.