Richard S. Lundin
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Personal injury and family law attorney licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia


It's important to get pictures of the damage to your car. We want photos showing the overall damage and point of impact, as well as the parts of the car that weren't damaged. In fact, it's a good idea to get pictures of all four sides of the car.

It's also a good idea to get pictures of the accident scene as it appeared at the time of the accident.  This should be done as soon as possible because if time passes the accident scene can change. For example, construction could be started or completed or the season could change, which could change the amount of leaves and foliage seen in the photograph or the lighting as it appeared at the time of the accident.

You should also note the time of day and weather and lighting conditions: was it raining or clear? Were the roadways wet or dry? Where was the sun? How much sunlight was there? If at night, how well lit was the area by streetlights?

Knowing and photographing the layout of the scene is important. In fact, for contested cases, I usually visit the accident scene, walk around, take pictures and get a good feel for the "lay of the land" before trying the case in court. I've found this to be a critical factor for success on behalf of clients.

The time, effort and expense to get photographs is well worth it.  We make this a top priority for our clients.