If you’ve learned anything about the proper procedure after a car accident, then you know it’s recommended that you take photos of the scene. Close-ups, wide shots, different angles; the more photos taken, the better. Fortunately, the advent of smartphones with built-in cameras makes the process much easier than it would have been previously. But for many, the question remains: why photograph the scene of a car wreck? Let’s go through a few points and discuss the importance of capturing photographic evidence after an automobile accident.
Why Photograph the Scene?
The primary reason for taking pictures is to build a case for yourself, in case you need quick access to important details later on. A car accident can be chaotic, and it often feels like everything happens in the blink of an eye. If you’re not careful, you might find yourself on the other side of the process and unable to recall any details. That’s where photographs come in.
Authorities, including police and investigators, need to organize the details of the accident to establish a timeline and determine what happened. This is much more difficult and prone to error without the aid of photographic evidence. You need pictures to build a case, both for the authorities and for the insurance company. If you’re hoping to seek compensation for damages in the future, then your claim will need to be rock solid. Photographs provide the details and evidence required to reinforce your testimony and make your claim more airtight.
What Should I Photograph?
Now that we’ve established the reason for photographing, you must consider what to capture in your pictures. Take a look at the list below for a more in-depth look:
• Vehicles. Naturally, you should begin by taking pictures of the scene itself. Without disturbing the scene, get some close up shots of the damage, then step back and take some wide-angle shots. Be sure to get both cars in the photos.
• Injuries. Injuries heal with time, so it’s important to capture them on site. Cuts, scratches, bruises, and other visible marks should be photographed.
• Witnesses. Take snapshots of any witnesses on the scene. Be sure to receive permission from the individuals.
• Context Shots. Step back from the scene and take some context shots that establish where you are. This will be a crucial detail to remember later.
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