Are Photos Really That Important After a Car Accident?

You may have heard if you get into an accident to take as many photos as you can. But is this really important, and don’t the police take photos? Here’s what you need to know about car accident pictures and how taking them can be the key to maximum compensation.

Will the Police Take Photos?

When the police are called to the scene, they will document the damage to both vehicles and any injuries. However, they may or may not take photographs. If you or a friend take your own photographs, you know you’re obtaining the evidence you need for a claim. Don’t rely on law enforcement to get enough photographic evidence to be compelling in your case.

Photos Can Illustrate the Damage to Your Vehicle

By taking close up and distance photos of every point of damage, you can get an accurate estimate of what it would cost to repair your vehicle, or if the vehicle would be considered “totaled.” This can help your attorney arrive at a more concise figure regarding the monetary value of your vehicle damage, which can be included in your claim.

Photos Can Illustrate Injuries

If you take injury photos the day they occur and during the healing process, you can document necessary information needed to calculate compensation. This includes how severe the injuries were, how long it took them to heal, if they prevented you from working and/or doing daily tasks, and whether any permanent scarring or disfigurement resulted.

What Should You Take Photos With?

You don’t have to have a fancy camera to take decent car accident photographs. In fact, you can take them at the scene of the crash with your smartphone. Email yourself and your attorney a copy of all photos in case your phone gets damaged.


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