Take car accident photos to help with a claim
If you, or a family member, are injured in a car accident, taking photographs at the scene of the accident is a precise and practical way of collecting evidence, according to Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys, who says that graphic images of the damage, injuries and factors that may have contributed to the accident are not easily challenged.
“As a result, car accident photographs are vital legal aids that can be used to help secure a claim from the Road Accident Fund (RAF) or an insurance company,” she explains.
“Photographs can be used to corroborate your version of how and why the accident occurred. They are also useful visual aids that can jog your memory, if the details of the accident begin to fade.”
To ensure you capture the right kinds of images as best as possible, Haslam provides a quick guide on what pictures to take, and the important points to remember.
Damages. Injuries. The scene. What photos to take
Get a record of the damages to your car and the other vehicle or vehicles involved in the accident. If there is debris lying on the road, capture it on camera. Similarly with a road barrier, traffic sign or building that was damaged as a result of the accident.
Take photographs of your injuries and the injuries of anyone else involved in the accident.
Photograph the surrounding area to provide context. Take pictures of the road and pay special attention to skid marks or partially concealed road signs. Snap the street lamps, houses and businesses located nearby and any other elements that can be used as evidence.
Ensure you capture
important details, such as the make and model of the other car or cars, license plates and discs and the driver’s identity document or driver’s license.
Record the ambient conditions at the scene of the accident. If it is dark or the visibility is poor, take photographs with and without a flash.
To ensure your car accident photographs provide a concise record of events, Haslam says that there are a few important points to bear in mind:
Ensure the camera’s date and time stamp function is working;
Take multiple photographs of all the elements mentioned above, including the scene, damages, causal factors, conditions and injuries;
Take close-up and wide-angle shots of all the different aspects of the accident;
Make use of your camera’s video mode as another way of collecting evidence;
Be aware of the lighting and use a flash if required.