3 Tips on Taking Photos After an Auto Accident

Car accident claims are built on evidence, and some of the strongest evidence you can get is at the accident scene. Unfortunately, a lot of that evidence gets cleaned up and forgotten, which is why knowing how to photograph the scene of the crash is an important skill for any driver.

Here are our three best tips for taking pictures after a car accident:

#1: Make Sure Your Photos Have a Timestamp

Most photos automatically generate meta data that records when and where they were taken. This information could be vital to proving what time your accident took place. Having that information could be crucial down the road.

#2: Use Photos, Not Video

You might think to use video to document your car accident; after all, a video captures every possible angle. A photo only covers one. However, you'd be wrong to do that, and here's why: phone videos are far, far lower resolution than phone photos. Photos are easier to clear up and zoom in on, while videos can be shaky, grainy, and hard to use. Videos may capture more angles, but photos capture more detail—and that's more important.

#3: Take Photos at Different Distances

Your photos of the damage, your injuries, and the whole scene should include as many close-ups, medium shots, and wide shots as possible. For close up shots, stand between a foot and five feet from your subject. For medium shots, stand about 10 feet away, and for wide shots about 20 feet.

Doing this will ensure that your photos capture both the entire scene and specific details that will bolster your claim. Make sure to include photos of glass on the ground, skid marks, weather conditions, road conditions, and more.

There you have it! Three tips on taking photos that will help your car accident claim. If you need help, call Texas Abogada Leah Wise at (956) 232-2349 today. Consultation is always free.