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Why You Should Always Take Photographs After an Accident

After an accident, you might be overwhelmed about the number of things that you must remember to do to obtain evidence. Of course, one of the most important things that you will do is assess the scene and check on the conditions of those involved. Many people think that they can snap a few photographs and call it a day, but there are some specifics that you should always remember as you take photos of the accident scene.

Because car accidents are on the rise throughout Florida, many victims are not prepared for when it happens to them. Victims are sometimes in shock after an accident because they were not expecting it. Others do not understand how powerful evidence can be and how much of a difference it makes to have photographs of the accident scene. By having photographs, you can show proof of the accident and the role that others played in the accident.

How to Capture the Best Evidence Through Photographs 

Property Damage: When taking pictures of property damage in an accident, you should always remember to include internal and external damages. You also want to make sure that you take pictures of the damages that vehicles caused to the roads such as skid marks, debris, and any other type of evidence. You want to make sure that you get close to the accident scene and also include faraway shots so that all details are included in your claim and that no details are missed.

Injuries: One of the most important aspects is taking photographs of your injuries after an accident. Your injuries might be at their worst immediately following the accident, especially if you have broken bones, swelling, and bruising. Make sure you document each type of injury through photographs as they appear.

Traffic Signs: Knowing if a traffic sign or light was present can make or break your case, as you and witnesses might be able to confirm that a driver failed to abide by the signs in the area. It can give the judge or jury a better idea of what the accident scene looked like. 

Witnesses and Police Officers: After an accident when you are feeling stressed, you might not remember everyone who is present at the scene of your accident. It is important to photograph all of those who were present at the time of your accident so that your attorney is able to contact them later on down the road. The most important people include police officers, witnesses, and passengers in vehicles.

Surrounding Scene: There may be elements present on the roads or around the roads that are important to document as well. You also want to photograph any businesses nearby, especially if you are able to secure surveillance videos from them.

Why Pictures Are Incredibly Important 

You want your claim to be taken seriously, which is why it is important to have some of the best evidence available after your accident. You never know what type of photograph will make or break your claim. Because of this, it is important that you speak with a Florida car accident attorney about your options moving forward. Our attorneys at Sheftall & Associates are highly skilled at helping victims in their time of need after an accident has caused them harm. You should not have to stand alone as the damages pile up against you. Please contact our law firm at 904-647-2296 for more information on your injury case.