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Tips for photographing a car accident scene

When taking photographs after a car accident, follow these tips to help ensure you get the most useful pictures possible.
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    January 28, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it can be difficult to think clearly and plan ahead. However, in order to protect your long-term legal and financial interests, it is important to remain calm and take steps to document the accident as well as possible. This can provide invaluable evidence in the event of a lawsuit or insurance claim and can help you receive compensation for your injuries and other losses as quickly as possible.

Along with filing a police report and talking to witnesses, one of the most important ways that you can collect evidence of the crash is by taking pictures. When photographing the scene of a car accident, keep the following considerations in mind.

Quality matters

Even a low-quality picture may be better than no picture at all when it comes to documenting a traffic accident, but a higher-quality picture is more likely to be helpful. This means that you should make an effort to take pictures that are well lit, in focus, and of a high enough resolution that the details discernible.

Photographing a crash site has become much easier in recent years as camera-phone technology has continued to advance. However, because the quality of these devices can vary greatly, you may wish to test out your phone's camera in a variety of different environments to determine whether it will be adequate in the event of a crash. For example, if the pictures turn out grainy or dark in low-light situations, or if you cannot adjust the focus to zero in on a specific area, you may wish to keep a better camera in your car specifically for this purpose.

What to photograph

There are several things that you should be sure to photograph if you are involved in a car accident. These include:
- The other vehicle and its license plate. One of the first pictures you should take after a crash is of the other vehicle and its license plate. This will help you track down the other driver in the event that he or she tries to leave the scene.
- Vehicle damage -- both interior and exterior. Take close-up shots and wide shots of any damage that was sustained inside or outside the vehicle.
- The crash site. If possible, photograph the vehicles before they are moved from the scene of the crash. Take pictures from a variety of angles and distances in order to show the entire crash site. Also be sure to photograph any skid marks, road hazards or other details that could provide information about the cause of the accident or how the crash unfolded.
- Vehicle occupants. It is also a good idea to take pictures of anyone who was involved in the crash, whether or not they were injured, in order to provide a record of who was involved. Also be sure to photograph any injuries that occurred as a result of the crash, even if they seem minor. Crash injuries often end up growing worse in the days and weeks following an accident, and having photographic evidence linking them to the crash can make a world of difference in your ability to obtain medical care and compensation should it become necessary.

If you are injured in a car accident as a result of someone else's carelessness, negligence or wrongdoing, it is important to bear in mind that you may be able to receive monetary compensation for your injuries and related expenses. Talk to a personal injury lawyer for more information.

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