Accident Scene Photography


Proper auto accident investigations require close inspection of roads and surrounding areas to find physical evidence of what transpired. Such evidence, usually in the form of skid marks, explains how road accidents occurred on roadway surfaces or adjoining areas. This information helps determine at-fault drivers. It also comes in handy when negotiating for higher claim settlements.


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An accident that results in an injury can be one of the most terrifying and stressful experiences someone can go through.  While it may be convenient to take accident photos on a smartphone, the necessity of professional accident scene photos cannot be underestimated. Our photographers specialize in producing a neutral and meticulous photo of the accident scene that portrays your client’s experiences, injuries, and property damage. Ultimately, diminishing the gray area that commonly arises with an accident scene in litigation.

Evidence is Key

The Importance of accident scene photography

Consider the value a set of photographs showcasing skid marks, lack of skid marks, traffic signs, traffic signals, and road markings can have on your clients case.
Without photos, lawsuits may transform into a dispute about how the accident happened and who should be held responsible.
Locard's Exchange Principle holds that "with contact between two items, there will be an exchange".

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Photographing Skid Marks

The effects of car accidents on roads are identified by marks that result from the dynamic movement of cars involved in accidents.  These marks include scuff marks, skid marks, prints, gap skids, and yaw marks. Skid marks, which are among the most common tire marks, are made by tires that slide without rotating on the road. The sliding may be caused by collision damage, braking, or other reasons. The most common cause of skid marks is braking. 

Scuffs are made by yawing or rotating vehicles, flat tires, or accelerating vehicles. Locked wheels leave scrub marks due to damage, prints result from rolling tires, and yaw marks are made by tires that rotate and slide sideways parallel to a wheel’s axle.

All these tire marks are crucial in accident investigations because a vehicle’s specific action produces each mark during the accident. They help investigators know about a motorist’s attempts or actions before and after collisions.  Through these marks, investigators are able to determine areas-of-impact or points-of impact, which are crucial parts of traffic accident investigations. Proper interpretation of these marks also help investigators determine which speed calculation formulas they will use. Tire marks are short-lived types of evidence that should be collected as soon as possible for preservation. 

Locard's principle

When investigating road accidents, physical pieces of evidence are crucial, and their nature needs to be understood before they are collected. When collecting auto accident evidence, investigators make use of the Locard’s principle. According to Locard’s principle of mutual exchange, any contact leaves behind traces of evidence in vehicles involved in road accidents. Clues that are left after a car accident include fragments of articles or vehicles hit, broken glass, lubricant, greases, and paint. Evidence crucial in personal injury cases include hair, skin pieces, and bloodstains from car accident victims.

Paint Transfer

Whenever car accidents occur, there must be paint transfer on the bodies of the vehicles involved if there was contact between them. The paint transfer principle is a perfect example of the Locard principle. Attorneys investigating staged accidents as well as hit and run incidences rely on paint transfer evidence to prove their cases.

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