What should I take pictures of with my cell phone after a car crash?

Crash Victim Taking Pictures With a Cell Phone After the CollisionSome of the most conclusive evidence in your case is gathered immediately after the crash. Snapping a few pictures allows all parties to see the true nature of the wreck long after the accident scene has been cleared away—as long as victims know where their cameras should be pointed. Here are a few tips on taking the most effective photos of your vehicle damage, injuries, and the accident scene.

Tips on Photographing Car Accident Evidence with a Cell Phone

Most modern cell phones come equipped with multiple cameras, each with a variety of settings to enhance or animate your photos. When documenting an accident scene, you should keep the camera settings as plain as possible: no filters, no motion effects. Use the camera that has the highest photo quality and avoid using the zoom lens (it can make photos blurry or grainy).

If it is safe to exit your vehicle, you should be sure to take photos of:

  • The full crash scene. If you can, walk far enough from the crash site so that you can fit the surrounding area in the camera frame. Walk around the perimeter and take photographs of the entire scene from different angles, showing the position of all vehicles that were involved in the accident. This can help immensely with accident reconstruction.
  • Your entire vehicle. Documenting damage to your vehicle can help get a proper insurance payment for property damage, but can also help prove the extent of your injuries to an insurance provider. Walk around your vehicle and snap photos every few seconds, taking close-up shots of any damage caused by the accident. Cover as many angles as you can, including the tires, windshield, and debris around the car.
  • Your (and your passenger’s) injuries. If you or your passengers have suffered injuries, take close-up shots with an object (such as a coin) to show the scale of the injury.
  • The interior of your vehicle. Don’t forget to take pictures of your vehicle's interior, even if you’re not sure whether the interior has been damaged. Pictures of deployed airbags, glass fragments, blood stains, broken personal items, or even the way debris has been scattered throughout the car can all be useful to your case.
  • Any relevant features or evidence. Photograph anything at the scene that could have played a role in the accident, such as potholes, road signs, skid marks, icy patches, bends in the road, broken lights, damaged guardrails, or anything else that could have contributed to your injury or lost property.

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