A serious accident can threaten the financial security of even a fairly well-off family. Medical bills and lost income can add up quickly, so it’s important that victims do everything they can to protect their legal rights and financial future.
To build a winning claim, you will need strong evidence of both liability and damages. You should start gathering this evidence before even leaving the scene. Here are a few tips for taking photos after a crash:
- Shoot from All Angles
Once police are directing traffic away from the scene, it should be safe to walk around the wreckage and shoot it from all angles. Take both wide-angle shots and close-ups of each vehicle involved. Your personal injury lawyer and perhaps an accident reconstruction expert may use these photos to determine precisely what happened in the moments leading up to the crash.
- Capture Both Small and Large Details
No detail is too small—or too large—to photograph after a car accident. Large details worth capturing include current weather conditions and the flow of traffic. Small but pertinent details, on the other hand, might include skid marks, potholes, and broken glass.
- Photograph the Inside of Your Vehicle
When documenting the scene, accident victims often forget to shoot the inside of their vehicle. Believe it or not, the interior of your car can reveal a lot. Bloodstains, deployed airbags, and broken glass can demonstrate the severity of the impact and the extent of your injuries. These photos might also be used to corroborate your version of events. For instance, if the at-fault driver denies speeding, these pictures might prove otherwise.
- Provide a Sense of Scale
It’s important to provide a sense of scale when capturing details that are small. For example, you can place an ice scraper on the ground next to skid marks, dents, and broken glass before photographing them to help your attorney gauge their size.
- Use Your Timestamp Function
Does your camera automatically timestamp each photo? If not, make sure this feature is enabled so you can prove exactly when each image was captured.
- Back up Your Photos
If your phone breaks or falls into water, would your photos be inaccessible? It’s best to play it safe by saving your photos on multiple hard drivers or a Cloud drive.
Call 800-770-7008 to Speak with a Car Accident Attorney in Minneapolis
If you want to file a car accident claim in Minnesota, turn to Bradshaw & Bryant for representation. Our personal injury attorneys understand the overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial toll a serious accident can have on the entire family.
We are passionate about what we do and dedicated to getting our clients the full compensation they deserve. Call 800-770-7008 or use our Online Contact Form to set up a free case evaluation with a car accident lawyer in Minneapolis.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.