A Guide to Taking Pictures at the Scene of a Auto Accident

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A Guide to Taking Pictures at the Scene of a Auto Accident

A key precautionary step is to take detailed {photographs|pictures|photos}, if able, of the {car
accident|car wreck|auto accident|automobile accident} sight and surroundings of the crash. Read
on to find more about how {photographs|pictures|photos} can help become solid evidence in your
{case|litigation|court appearance}.

Do {photographs|pictures|photos} help?

Yes, of course. {Photographs|Photos|Pictures} of the {collision|crash|wreck} and the surrounding
areas are effective measures to preserve evidence. These come in handy while dealing with the
{insurance claim adjustors|insurance company|litigation case}. They serve as a big asset in case
a personal injury claim is filed in the wake of a car {accident|wreck|collision}. The
{photos|photographs|pictures| can help in pinpointing the location of the accident, the driving
conditions, the position of the {vehicles|cars}, the points of collision and other information. They
also help you demarcate the specific details while giving your statements to the {insurance
company|insurance claim adjustors|claim adjustors} and police.

What type of camera should I have?

It is not a {photo|photography} contest. What your are trying to do is preserve evidence. So,
basically, any device that you have in your possession at the time of the {accident|wreck}, which
can take clear pictures will suffice. Try to make sure and enable the date and time stamps in
whichever devices you are using.

What should I focus on?

You should focus on capturing the details. Any details should be observed as you never know
which photograph might be beneficial. So, the more {photos|photographs|pictures}, the better
position you are in.

Focus on:
- Your own vehicle and the damage sustained by it
- The other vehicle involved with its condition
- Any skid or slide marks
- The broken damage portions such as vehicle parts, glass pieces, debris etc
- The weather conditions
- The injuries sustained by both drivers and passengers
- The images of the street layout, the landmarks, traffic controls and signage.
- Taking down the photos of the car's license plates and VIN numbers.
- Taking images of the car's interior for any records of any internal damages.

What precautions should be taken by me?

- Try to take pictures from all possible angles and distances. It is advisable to take a wide variety
of photographs. Take short ranged, medium ranged and panoramic images.
- Take the pictures of the other party only when you have their consent to do so. Taking pictures
in an unauthorized manner can lead to trouble afterwards.
- While clicking pictures of vehicles and nearby areas, select a common landmark to display the
distance and scale. Take care to keep the weather and lighting conditions in mind while taking
- Do not disturb the accident scene.

Make sure to contact the emergency services to help the injured victims before you start
collecting evidence.