Being involved in a car accident can be overwhelming and hectic. Your emotions are running high and your thoughts are completely scattered. There are so many things must possibly be done, such as going to the hospital, getting your car towed, talking to police, gathering witness accounts, and exchanging information with the other driver, that the only evidence you may possess are the reports collected by law enforcement and witnesses, as well as your own memory.
That is why taking pictures for what transpired can provide you with details necessary to file a proper insurance or personal injury claim. Having photographic evidence can also protect you from any false accusations or depreciated settlement offers.
Fortunately, we live in a society where our cellphones are equipped with cameras, capable of taking high quality photos. Once you assessed the scene and informed the authorities, take out your cellphone and begin recording the scene of the accident.
The following are additional tips to making sure you get the most out of your photography:
- Take as many pictures as possible. Especially if you have sizeable memory space, don’t hold back in regards to how many pictures you take. While going through your pictures afterwards, you may stumble upon something you missed or overlooked.
- Record multiple angles. When we take pictures in a car accident, we tend to be satisfied with one picture of each damaged part. However, taking pictures from various angles can provide you with a full spectrum of the damage.
- Take pictures of streets signs and road conditions. Don’t forget to document your surroundings, including the state of the weather.
- Document any visible injuries. It is also important to record all subsequent medical visits and even the healing process in order to demonstrate the severity of the injury.
- Include property damage. If you were carrying valuable items in your car which was destroyed in the accident, don’t forget to take pictures of those to prove they were actually in your car when the accident transpired.
- Photograph people. This includes law enforcement, witnesses, medical attendants, etc.