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What are the best photos to take after a motor vehicle accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 23, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, the moments following are important. Amidst the flurry of emotions and adrenaline, it is easy to overlook documenting the scene properly.

However, taking the right photographs can significantly impact the future.

Overall scene

Begin by capturing the entire scene. Take wide-angle shots that encompass the vehicles involved, their positions and any surrounding landmarks or road signs. This helps provide context and perspective to the incident.

Vehicle damage

Focus on each vehicle’s damage individually. Take multiple angles of the damage, including close-ups of dents, scratches and any broken parts. These images serve as evidence for assessing the extent of the damage.

License plates

Photograph the license plates of all vehicles involved in the accident. Ensure the images are clear and legible. This helps in identifying the vehicles accurately and prevents any disputes regarding vehicle ownership.

Skid marks and debris

Document any skid marks on the road and debris scattered around the scene. These details can offer insights into the speed and direction of the vehicles involved in the collision.

Traffic signs and signals

Capture images of nearby traffic signs, signals and road conditions. These photographs can indicate factors such as speed limits, right-of-way or any hazards present at the time of the accident.


If safe to do so, photograph any visible injuries or others involved in the accident. Focus on cuts or any other physical harm.

Weather conditions

Take pictures of the weather conditions at the time of the accident, including visibility, precipitation and road conditions. Weather can play a significant role in determining liability and contributing factors to the crash.

Witness information

If there are witnesses present, photograph them and their contact information if they are willing to provide it. Witness statements and contact details can be invaluable later on.

Individuals can provide evidence that helps in resolving insurance claims and legal disputes. People may seek fair compensation for injuries after a motor vehicle accident.