Photographing An Accident Scene

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it properly documents a car accident. Pictures can help prove a version of an event to insurance companies and lawyers. If you are involved in a car accident, make sure to take pictures at the scene to receive fair compensation for damages.

Here are a few suggestions on what to include in accident scene pictures:

A Shot Of The Entire Scene

Stand back far enough to capture the entire accident scene and take pictures from every angle.

Exterior And Interior Damage Of All Vehicles Involved

Moreover, take a picture of every corner of the car’s interior and exterior to document any damages along with close-up pictures. Make sure to include details like close-up pictures of shattered glass, low car parts, license plates and deployed airbags.

Shots Of Any Injuries Reported

Take pictures of any injury reported no matter how small.

Position Of The Cars Involved

An accident report will include a rough sketch of the car positions but pictures can help adjusters and lawyers orient themselves. So, make sure to include as many surroundings as possible.


Make sure to photograph any evidence that is present at the scene, or if you tried your best to brake ahead of time and were not able to, look for skid marks. If the weather conditions may have contributed to a collision, take pictures of the wet, slippery road and the heavy rainfall. 

Also, if the other party claims you didn’t make a complete stop, look for traffic cameras on nearby traffic lights that may help dispute this. Photograph their location to help you remember later as well.

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