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Should you take pictures at the scene of your wreck?

On Behalf of | Oct 12, 2022 | Car Accidents |

Crashing into another car can send you into shock and trigger an onslaught of emotions. Taking photos of the wreck might be the last thing on your mind.

Photographic evidence of your situation can provide invaluable support, especially if you choose to take legal action.


When first responders arrive on the scene, they will see where the wreck took place. An address is a great start, but having evidence of other details can corroborate your version of events. Some other things to consider photographing to show your location include the following:

  • Street signs
  • Surrounding restaurants or businesses
  • Position of each vehicle
  • The layout of the road in relation to the wreck

This type of information will be useful in situations where you have to retell your story. Not only will listeners be able to see firsthand what you describe, but you can also have the photos to preserve your recollection of events.


Vehicular damage can be a subjective topic. You might worry that the other driver will downplay the severity of the damage to your property. According to U.S. News, take pictures of your damaged vehicle from every angle. Also, take pictures of any other vehicle involved. Photographs of each vehicle from all angles will protect you from falsified claims about damages that did not occur in the accident.

Similarly, take pictures of any injuries you sustain. Document your recovery and whether or not you notice any new symptoms or if any injuries worsen. You can also include any medical notes from your doctor.

Save all of your photos and store them in a safe place. You will feel grateful to have them when the time comes to retell your story.