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Car Accident Attorney Guide to Taking Photos at an Accident Scene

If you are involved in a car accident in Arizona, this article shares some great advice from Phoenix car accident attorney, Aaron Crane from Cantor Crane, on what you should do. If you are able to take photographs at the scene of your car accident, the pictures may be worth far more than you might think. The common saying that a “picture is worth a thousand words” is true when you suffer an injury in an accident and need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver. Being able to take photographs can make the difference in your recovering thousands more dollars in your case.

Personal injury Attorneys at Cantor Crane, can use photographs you take when they negotiate with the insurance companies involved. Of course, you should be primarily concerned with not exacerbating your injuries and taking care of your health. This means if you have more serious injuries from the accident, you may not be able to take photographs. If you are unable to do so, it might be a good idea to ask a witness or friend who is not injured to take them for you with their smartphones or cameras. Below are the steps that should be taken when photographing the accident scene.

 

Step 1: Photograph the accident scene

Start by photographing the overall scene first. You can do this by taking wide-angle shots to get a picture of the entire scene. With these photos, do not worry about focusing in on small details. If the accident happened in the middle of an intersection, you should take about 20 or 30 steps back away from it so you can get a shot of the whole intersection as well as the involved vehicles.

Step 2: Document all of the damage

Secondly, take pictures documenting all of the damage that happened in the accident, which may include more than just the damage to your vehicle. If a car hit a sign or light post, document that damage with a photograph as well. The importance of taking such additional damage pictures is that it helps to show how the accident happened as well as the consequences of it.

Step 3: Take pictures of traffic signs and lights

Thirdly, take photographs of all relevant traffic signs and lights where the accident happened, including their context. For example, if the other driver ran a red light or a stop sign, photograph the sign or traffic signal to show how it relates to the intersection. Other important traffic signs you might want to photograph, depending on what happened, include the speed limit sign for the street, yield signs or any other signs that are relevant.

Step 4: Photograph all associated details

Fourth and final, look around to spot any other detail that might be related to your accident. If the weather conditions were poor and affected the road, photograph rain puddles, ice patches or other weather conditions that may have been a contributing factor to the accident’s cause. If there are skid marks on the road, take pictures of them. People who are trained in accident reconstruction can look at the length and width of skid marks left behind on the road to determine how fast a vehicle was traveling and when the driver applied the brakes. After you have taken your photographs and received treatment for your injuries, make certain to give them to your accident attorneys so they can use them in preparing your case. Contact Cantor Crane, at (602) 254-2701 for a free initial consultation.

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