Following any car accident, you must take certain steps to protect yourself and boost your odds of receiving fair compensation for your injuries. Specifically, you should do your best to document the accident scene. Because a picture is worth a thousand words, you likely want to take some high-quality photographs, provided you can do so safely.

Virtually everyone these days has a smartphone with a camera. As such, you likely have the equipment to capture photographic evidence of any collision. Still, not all photographs may be relevant. Here are four things that you should photograph after a car accident:

  1. Property damage 

If you have damage to your vehicle, you should take photographs of all affected areas. These may be either inside or outside your car. Additionally, if possible, you should photograph damage to other vehicles, roadways and stationary objects.

  1. Injuries 

You, your passengers and others may sustain serious injuries in any automobile accident. Accordingly, it is vital to seek emergency medical care after a collision. Because injuries can change rapidly, you should photograph them as soon as possible. Furthermore, you should take pictures of injuries during the healing process.

  1. Traffic patterns 

Automobile accidents can happen virtually anywhere. That is, you may be on a deserted road, in bumper-to-bumper traffic, at a suburban intersection or somewhere else. By photographing traffic patterns, road signs and street layouts, you give the accident scene context.

  1. Weather conditions 

When you are photographing the accident scene, you do not want to zoom in too much. Instead, you want to create a record of the overall setting. This includes weather conditions, especially if they may have contributed to the accident. Therefore, snap a few photographs of the sky and horizon.

If you have serious injuries after a car accident, you likely want to pursue compensation from the negligent driver who caused them. Because doing so often requires relying on your own records, taking high-quality, relevant photographs may be essential.