How To Take Photos Of Your Car Accident
The first steps that you take after a car accident can make or break your claim later down the line. One of the most critical things you need to do after an auto accident is to collect evidence. A good way to collect evidence is to take photos of the scene of the accident. These photos will then be assessed by the insurance companies and the courts while reviewing your claims. To ensure that you take photos that will help with your claim, here are some tips.
Take Photos Of The Accident Immediately
If you were seriously injured, your priority is to seek medical attention. Do not worry about taking photos if you're hurt, as there will be other ways to prove your claim. What matters most is your health. However, if you do not need to seek immediate medical attention, take pictures as soon as possible. That way you can capture the details of the accident before anything gets moved.
What Should You Take Photographs Of After An Accident?
When taking photos, keep in mind that your photos are going to be used as evidence. See you want to make sure that you take photos of things that are truly relevant to your case. Fortunately, with smartphone technology, it's easy to take a lot of pictures. So do not be afraid to take too many pictures, better too many than not enough. Here are some things to consider taking photos of after your accident:
● Take pictures of the accident itself. Try to take photos from different angles. A good idea is to take a picture from at least each cardinal direction. Take photographs both close-up and from further away.
● Take pictures of the property damage on the vehicles. If there are any dents, scratches, or broken windows, make sure to get a good picture of them.
● Take pictures of any other kinds of property damage as a result of the accident. For example, if the car hits a tree, a guardrail, or a traffic sign, take a picture of that damage as well.
● Take pictures of the surrounding area where the accident occurred. For example, if your accident occurred at a traffic light, take a picture of the intersection as well as the cross streets feeding into the intersection. This will help courts understand the traffic laws that apply to the accident by providing them the context of where the accident occurred.
● Take photos of any relevant documents to the accident including insurance cards and driver's license. That way you have a copy in case you lose the information.
● If you were injured, take pictures of your injuries. You will want to take pictures immediately following the accident and the next day or the day after when the bruising shows. It's also a good idea to document your injuries as you receive medical treatment.
● Finally, you can also take pictures of witnesses with their permission. That will prove that they were onsite during the accident.
Another important thing to keep in mind when you are taking pictures is that you want your pictures to have a time and date stamp. When taking pictures with a smartphone, this data is in the metadata of the photo file. However, if you were taking photos with a camera, make sure to turn your time and date stamp settings to “on.”
Taking the right pictures will help you present evidence to the courts that prove your claims. However, if you are unable to take photographs at the site of the accident, do not worry. You still have options. The team Justice Pays pays can help. Our knowledgeable team of attorneys will help you collect all the evidence you need to prove your case. Give us a call at 1-833-954-1234 to get started.