Location Tagging: The Smartphone Feature You Need to Enable

    Location Tagging: The Smartphone Feature You Need to Enable

    What if I told you that your smartphone can be one of your most important assets if you’re involved in a car accident? You may be thinking, “Aren’t you the one who’s always telling me not to text while driving? Isn’t this a little contradictory?” Well - yes, I still firmly maintain that there is never a good reason to use your phone while you are driving. However, if you’ve been in a car wreck and have helped ensure that everyone involved is safe, it’s time to pull out your cell phone.

    Gathering Evidence at the Scene of the Accident
    In the aftermath of a crash, there’s often a lot of “he said, she said.” There may be as many versions of what happened as there are people at the scene: you, the other driver, eyewitnesses, the police officer who responds to the wreck, etc. And while witness statements will be important evidence if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident, there’s another piece of evidence that can prove even more valuable: photos. Photos can present facts and give context to the accident in a way that an eyewitness account cannot.

    Smartphone Features: Location Tagging for Photos
    Before you begin documenting the scene of the car accident, you’ll want to be sure that Location Tagging is enabled for your camera app. You probably know that every time you take a picture on your phone, it’s tagged with digital information, called metadata, that includes the time and date the photo is taken. This timestamp adds a layer of authenticity to your accident photos; it proves that you took the photos on the day and time of the accident.

    With constantly advancing technology, however, now you can take it one step further: you can prove that the photos were taken at the place of the accident. This is thanks to Location Services, which uses a combination of GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspots, and cell tower locations to determine your locations. While this is the technology that allows you to use Google Maps to find your friend’s house or a new restaurant, it also can tag your photo with the latitude and longitude coordinates where it was taken.

    Step-By-Step: Enable Your Camera's Location Services 
    Some phone providers have Location Services enabled automatically, but others do not. It’s a simple process to turn on this feature.

    If you have an iPhone:

    • Open the Settings app
    • Scroll down to the Privacy option
    • Select Camera, and under Allow Location Access, select While Using App

    If you have an Android:

    • Open the Camera app
    • Swipe from left to right on the screen
    • Tap the Settings icon
    • Toggle the Save Location button to On

    Take a wide variety of photos: wide shots of the entire scene, close-up pictures of damage to vehicles, multiple angles, and surrounding street signs or intersection lights. Many people are not comfortable leaving those location settings turned on at all times; that’s understandable. You can enable this setting before taking pictures of the accident scene and then disable it when you’re done. 

    Get a Free Consultation from an North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer
    Now that you have photos, what should you do with them? If you've been injured in a car wreck in North Carolina, a local personal injury lawyer can help. The attorneys at Wayne Hardee Law are ready to answer your questions - your no-obligation consultation is always free. Call today at 1-252-238-4040 to get started. Wayne Hardee will be on your side throughout the entire process of filing a personal injury claim. 


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