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What to photograph at a car accident scene

Personal injury cases following a car accident depend a great deal on evidence collected during and after the scene of a car accident. As such, it is in the best interest of those involved in an accident to keep good records of what happened, as well as the short and long-term outcomes. If they are able to do so, it can be helpful for those involved in a crash to take photographs of the scene of the accident to reference later on. Here are some of the things individuals who have been in a motor vehicle accident in Maryland should consider photographing: 

  • Damage to the vehicle: This should be one of the first priorities when photographing at the scene of an accident. Damage that caused personal injury, such as broken glass, should be particularly photographed.
     
  • Lights and traffic signs: This can help to clarify who is at fault in an accident, and tell the story more clearly about what happened.
     
  • Weather, road conditions, and other mitigating factors: Taking a photo of the sky can help to contest any claims of inclement weather, if that is an argument the other party might have. The same is true for road conditions or anything else that could have played a role.
     

In addition to the above, be sure to photograph injuries sustained at the scene. Although the full scope of injuries may be unknown at the moment, having photos of the initial impact not only helps support future claims but can also be helpful to a physician treating these injuries. These photos can also be helpful to a personal injury lawyer, who can provide a legal support following a Maryland car accident.