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How should you take photos of a car accident scene?

The immediate aftermath of a car accident is one of the most chaotic and frightening things a person can experience. This is true in serious car accidents as well as minor ones. It can be difficult to think clearly even if you have not suffered serious injuries. However, aside from seeking medical care, assessing and documenting the scene is of major importance.

If you are physically able, taking photos of the scene and the involved vehicles is an excellent way to protect yourself. Good images also strengthen your case with insurance companies as well as with judges if you choose to seek a remedy through a civil action in a Georgia court.

While there is no particular way to photograph the accident scene, the tips below can ensure the images you capture prove what happened and reinforce your damage claims.

  • Capture photos of the entire accident scene as well as images of all involved vehicles.
  • Be sure to take photographs from many different angles to show the extent of what occurred.
  • Include traffic indicators (stoplights, signs, etc) in your accident scene photos.
  • Take close-up photos of any damage to your vehicle and the other involved vehicles.
  • Capture images of any physical injuries you suffered in the car accident
  • Photograph the condition of the road as well as the weather conditions
  • Make sure you photograph the license plates of all vehicles involved in the accident

If negligence played a role in your accident, the images you take can make all the difference in whether you receive needed compensation for your injuries. A lawyer with car accident experience can educate you about this process.

Source: FindLaw, "Tips for Car Accident Scene Photography," accessed Jan. 22, 2018

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