Accident Photo Evidence
If you’ve been involved in an accident that was not your fault, help is at hand. Accident Advice Helpline has been helping innocent victims of accidents claim the compensation they deserve ever since we started out in 2000.
As you would expect, in order to make a successful claim there needs to be evidence of the other party’s fault. In addition to medical evidence and witness statements, it can be immensely helpful if the victim has the presence of mind to take photographs to document the scene. Accident photo evidence is very useful.
What do I need to capture in my accident photo?
If you are involved in a road traffic accident, the best course of action is to take photos of the crash scene from several different angles. This will provide the fullest possible evidence for your solicitor to use in support of your claim. You should ensure that your accident photo evidence includes any warning signs which should have been observed, for example Give Way or Stop signs and their corresponding road markings.
If you were hit by another vehicle, try to include in your accident photo evidence an indication of the direction of travel and impact. For example, if a vehicle emerged from a side road and hit your car side-on, they would usually be held liable for the accident, so try to capture in your photo anything which proves that you had right of way. Even if the other driver admits liability at the scene, all too often they later deny this and this is where photographic evidence is invaluable.
There may not have been another vehicle involved in your accident. In fact, single vehicle accidents account for the majority of accidents on our roads and if this describes your particular case, it does not necessarily mean that you were to blame. There are a number of factors which could indicate third party liability. You should make sure that your accident photo includes any other factors which may have contributed to the accident. These could include things like spillages, potholes, skips, raised ironworks and the absence of appropriate warning signs.
Accident photo evidence can also be useful in a slip, trip or fall claim. If appropriate, take photographs of whatever caused your fall and capture evidence that the necessary warning signs had not been put out to indicate the hazard in question.
Can I make a claim without accident photo evidence?
In many cases personal injury victims are so shaken by their accident that it doesn’t occur to them to take photographs, or they may not have access to a camera at the time. In such cases, we can still pursue a claim, but will have to rely on medical, documentary and witness evidence.
Call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Our friendly and professional advisors will help confirm whether you have a claim before passing your case on to one of our nationwide panel of solicitors’ firms, who will deal with your case on a no win no fee* basis.