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How to Take Good Photos After a Car Accident

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Photos are incredibly important following a car accident. They can help insurance companies and law enforcement officials determine what happened during the accident and can be used as evidence in a court of law. Learn more about the purpose of post-accident photos and tips for taking them well.

The Purpose of Car Accident Photos

If you have been in a car accident, there are some things you should do to make sure that you are protected. One of those things is to take photos of the scene to:

  • Document the damage to your car
  • Document the damage to the other car
  • Prove who was at fault
  • Document the injuries you or the other party suffered
  • Prove what happened in court

There are many things to consider after a car accident when it comes to taking photos. You want to make sure you capture the scene as accurately as possible, but also be mindful of your safety and the safety of others. Here are some tips for taking good photos after a car accident:

Check Your Surroundings

Make sure the area is safe before you start taking photos. If there is danger posed by the wreck, wait until emergency responders have arrived to take photos.

Be Thorough

Try to capture as much of the scene as possible. Photos of the wreckage, damage to vehicles, and injuries can all help with an insurance claim or lawsuit. Be sure to get close-ups and wide shots. And make sure to capture any skid marks or debris on the road.

If you’re unable to take photos yourself, ask someone else to do it for you. If there’s no one available to help, try to at least get a description of the scene and any damage done. The more information you have, the better.

Consider Different Points of View

Take photos from different angles including the front, back, and sides of the car and area. This will help to show the full extent of the damage.

Take Interior and Exterior Images

If possible, take a photo of the driver and passengers’ seats. This can help prove that you were in the car at the time of the accident.

Take Images of Any Injuries Sustained

This is especially important to help you get the proper insurance reimbursement you deserve. It is also important to get pictures of the other party, so they don’t exaggerate or create injuries that weren’t there at the time of the accident in a way to confuse the outcome.

Use a Tripod

Tripods help to keep your photos stable and avoid blurry shots. If you submit photos to an insurance company, or as a piece of evidence in court, that are unclear they may not help your case.

Don’t Move Anything

Be careful not to disturb any evidence at the scene. Don’t move any debris or touch any vehicles until police have had a chance to investigate.

Get License Plates and Contact Info

Make sure to get the license plates of all involved vehicles, as well as contact information for any witnesses.

Don’t Throw Away Anything

Keep copies of your photos for your records. You may need them later if there is an insurance claim or lawsuit. Keep all your photos in a safe place, like a folder on your computer or in a photo album.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you get accurate and helpful photos after a car accident. Taking good photos after a car accident can help make the process of filing an insurance claim easier. If you have any questions about what to do after a car accident, be sure to consult with an attorney.

Contact the New Jersey injury attorneys at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy when you have been involved in an accident. With more than seven decades serving New Jersey residents, our team will give you the personal attention and results-oriented legal representation you require.

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