What to Know About Taking Car Crash Photos

The insurance adjuster or judge who will ultimately decide on your car accident recovery was not present at the scene of the crash. To get the compensation you deserve, you will have to convince the insurance adjuster or the judge of what happened and who was at fault for your accident injuries.

Many different types of evidence may be useful for your case. Photos are one type of evidence that may be particularly impactful and may help you get the recovery you deserve.


After a crash, you can use your cell phone to take accident pictures. As you take these pictures, it is important to consider capturing:

  • The position of the vehicles before they are moved
  • Damage to all of the vehicles
  • Damage to any stationary items such as guardrails or trees
  • Weather and road conditions
  • Traffic signs and lights
  • Skid marks
  • The accident scene from different angles
  • Your injuries at the scene of the crash
  • Your injuries in the days and weeks that follow

As you take these photos, there are a few things we don’t want you to worry about, such as:

  • Whether you are taking duplicate or unnecessary photos. It is better to have more photos than to miss important details.
  • Smiling for the camera. The idea is to have a realistic and accurate recording of what happened and how badly you were hurt.
  • How the photos will be used. You and your car accident lawyer can discuss that later.

Photos Are Helpful, but You Can Still Win Without Them

We encourage you to take photos if you are able to do so. However, if you are reading this after you’ve left the scene of the accident, we don’t want you to worry. You may still have a strong case based on other forms of evidence.

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