Learn how to effectively capture photographic evidence after a car accident with these ten expert tips.

Capturing the Truth: 10 Tips for Photographing an Accident

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

When presenting your claim for a car accident, photographic and video evidence is crucial in providing accurate information and supporting your case. However, in many cases, the adrenaline of the moment and lack of knowledge can lead to overlooking relevant aspects.

In this article, we provide you with ten tips to photograph the scene like an expert and leave nothing to chance:

Prioritize your safety

Before taking photos, ensure you are safe and that others involved are also safe.


Start with wide shots that show the arrangement of vehicles, the road, and traffic signs to provide context to the accident.

Photograph the damages

Thoroughly capture the damages to each vehicle from various angles and distances to demonstrate their magnitude.

Road conditions

Document any irregularities on the road that may have contributed to the accident, such as potholes, puddles, or lack of signage.

Traffic signs

Photograph traffic signs and lane markings to determine who had the right of way during the accident.

Weather conditions

Record the weather conditions at the time, such as rain, fog, or snow, as they may have affected visibility and driving conditions.

Witnesses and other individuals

Obtain contact information from accident witnesses, as their testimony may be crucial in determining liability.


Use the flashlight or flash on your phone to ensure the photos are well-lit and shadows-free.

Document injuries

Remember to document the injuries suffered by the individuals involved to assess their severity and relation to the accident.

Take multiple photos

The more pictures you take, the better. Make sure to capture all relevant details from different angles for a complete scene view.

Following these tips, you can gather the necessary evidence to support your accident claim and obtain the compensation you deserve. If you need help getting your case together, contact professional lawyers. We can help.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.