In the immediate aftermath of a Philadelphia car accident, tension is high and thoughts are scattered. It can be extremely difficult to think clearly and plan ahead for the legalities surrounding a car crash. Photographs taken at the scene of an accident can be used as documentation when explaining the damage done to the vehicles involved, and to show what positions the vehicles were in after the collision, and what debris was found at the scene. As most vehicle accidents are promptly cleaned and vehicles moved, it's important to have a disposable camera on hand. Alternatively, you can use the camera that is equipped on most modern cell phones. Use these tips to ensure that you take clear, adequate photos following a car accident.
Photographs of the aftermath of a car accident are crucial for all parties involved. Without pictures to back up your claims, insurance companies must rely on police reports and the verbal testimonies of the parties involved. This can result in conflicting information, making it difficult to get the compensation you deserve if the other driver was at fault. Quality is important when taking photos of an accident scene, as a better quality camera is able to pick up finer details, such as skid marks on the road or scratches on a vehicle. Ensure that the camera you choose has a flash feature in the event that you get into an accident at night.
Pictures should be taken from far away to show the entire scene, and in close-up positions. Step away from the wreckage and take photographs of the entire scene at various angles. This will help the insurance company identify anything that could have attributed to the accident, such as construction vehicles or inoperable traffic lights. Photograph the street signs that surround the accident which may show that the other driver ran a stop sign or failed to yield. Move onto the smaller details that could help the insurance company get a clearer picture of what occurred, such as road damage, skid marks, or damage to surrounding property.
Take pictures of your vehicle's interior and exterior, focusing on any visible damage. Also take pictures of the other driver's vehicle and license plate. This will help you identify the other driver if he or she attempts to leave the scene. Taking point-of-view shots can help the insurance company determine what both drivers saw before colliding. Take photographs at various points from the scene of the collision, such as 200 feet, 100 feet, 25 feet, etc. Consider the perspective of both drivers when looking straight ahead and around their environment. If there were any witnesses to the accident, make sure that the police collect their names, phone numbers, and testimonies of what occurred.
In addition to the vehicles and scene, it's also critical to photograph the occupants, especially if they were injured. Even minor injuries should be photographed at the scene of the accident. These pictures will act as additional evidence. Gather any medical documentation from crash injuries that grow worse over time and pictures of any wounds as they heal. Having photographic proof of any injuries can make a world of difference when trying to obtain compensation for your injuries. If you were injured in a car accident accident due to another person's negligence or carelessness, consult with a car accident lawyer in Philadelphia to get more information about your rights and options.
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