Imagine yourself merily driving on the highway, sipping on an iced coffee while belting out your favorite tune then BAAM! – all of a sudden you’re blindsided by a car that forcefully smashes into your vehicle causing you to spin out of control, spill your coffee, and forget the second verse of the song you were singing. Sounds scary, right? We agree. And it can get even more frightening if you don’t get the evidence you need.

Taking pictures of a car accident?

Snap clear photos of the following: 

  1. The vehicles involved;
  2. The scene of the accident;
  3. The info of all drivers involved;
  4. The police report.
hands holding a smartphone with the camera app open taking accident photos

1. Take Accident Photos of All Vehicles.

We are in the age of oversharing and capturing everything with our cell phones. We take pictures of our breakfast, lunch, dinner, feet, fingers, etc. So why not do the same after a serious accident? If you are wondering, “what should I do after a car accident?” taking accident photos is one of the most crucial steps to proving what happened. After you’ve been involved in a wreck, if and whenever possible, take car accident photos or have someone else take pictures at the accident scene.

In case stories change or accounts conflict, auto accident photos may provide the best proof as to what actually took place. Take pictures before moving or relocating the vehicles (if possible while waiting for the officers to arrive). Take plenty of photos, from every angle, of the vehicles involved in the accident. Channel your inner photographer and get close ups of the accident and some car wreck photos from a good distance to see the directions of travel and positions of the vehicles on the roadway. For the close up photos, pay especially close attention to the point of impact and areas of damage.


When investigating the accident, attorneys, officers, and insurance adjusters look to the types of damage (e.g. dents, scratches, paint marks from your car) to determine what took place and who is at fault, which justifies why these types of pictures are important. If viable, it’s a good idea to timestamp the photos taken with your mobile phone so that you can document that the photos were taken at the time the police were notified.

2. Take Photos of the Scene Of The Accident.

Taking accident scene photos will also help you to capture the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident. Take pictures of the roadway before and after the vehicles are removed, and be sure to capture any skid marks or property damage.

3. Take Photos of the Other Driver’s Information.

If you decide not to wait for the police, ask the other driver for his/her driver’s license information and auto insurance card. Take a picture of both cards. And should the at-fault driver agree to handle everything, have him/her write, sign, and date a statement to that effect. It can be complicated trying to figure out how to handle a car accident and sometimes the other driver’s offer to fix their mistakes turns out to be too good to be true. Take a photo of the statement in case you misplace it. If the other driver is unwilling to produce the information or statement, notify the police and wait on an investigating officer who can collect the information for the report.

4. Take Photos of the Police Report Information.

Most times, after a car accident is reported, the officer can provide you with a report or item number. You will need this information to obtain the police report. Write the number down and take a picture of it in case you misplace it. This information is especially vital to your case. Tracking the police report will also help you gather other crucial evidence down the road. For example, Birmingham traffic cameras have been used to prove who was at fault in an accident and there are traffic cameras in most jurisdictions these days.

As you can see, cell phones are not only for capturing fun moments and selfies, they can also be the deciding factor in a successful personal injury case. If your goal is to know what to do if you’re in an accident and to be compensated fairly after being involved in a wreck, then documenting everything and hiring the right personal injury attorney is essential. If you’ve been in a car accident through no fault of your own, contact a Morris Bart attorney immediately.

If you have any questions, call 1-800-537-8185 today!

March 9, 2017 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Legal Tips |