An accident lawyer's job is to help you recover property and personal injury damages after you have been in an accident. However, a lawyer can better protect your interests if you can help them gather information proving what happened and who was at fault for the accident. Visual evidence can help you meet the burden of proof that the accident was not your fault. If you can, you should start gathering evidence right away with your digital smart phone camera. Here is how you should take the pictures to show how the accident unfolded and who was at fault.

Accident Scene

Here is how you should photograph an accident scene:

  • Take pictures away from the immediate accident scene. Step back and look for wide shots that take into account any stop signs or traffic lights. You'll also want to show the entire intersection if the accident took place where two streets meet and someone went through a stop light or sign.
  • Snap photos of the skid marks left by the tires of both cars. A person slamming on their brakes is common just before two vehicles crash together. An investigator hired by your attorney will often be able to tell how fast a car was going before the other driver hit the brakes by analyzing the skid marks. The lack of skid marks can also show the other driver didn't hit the brakes at all.
  • Take shots of the road where the cars hit – even if the cars ended up in different locations on the road after the crash. The debris on the road can show if one car crossed the line.

Vehicle Damage

Walk around both vehicles and take pictures of the damage on the both cars. These pictures will help the personal injury lawyer reconstruct where one vehicle hit the other vehicle. For example, if a right front fender is damaged on one car, and the side of the left back fender is damaged on the other car, this would show that the first car ran into the side of the back car as it was passing an intersection in many cases.

Personal Injuries

Make sure to take pictures of any personal injuries you or a passenger has suffered right after the accident and before you receive medical help. These pictures can produce a higher emotional reaction in jurors if the case goes to court than pictures where everyone is cleaned up after an accident.