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In the event of an accident, most drivers know that they need to take as many photos as possible, but many aren’t sure what constitutes the right sort of photograph. Needless to say, the right photos go a long way, and can heavily affect your insurance claims process or any (touch wood) ensuing legal battles after your car accident.
What photos are of use, and what pictures should you forgo altogether? After reading this article, you’ll no longer be hemming and hawing about what you need. Here are 5 important photos to take after a car accident, plus some pro tips:
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This includes both internal and external damage to any and all vehicles involved, and damages done to objects, buildings, signs and more. Apart from capturing shots of the damage incurred, do also take pictures of other useful evidence such as skid marks, glass, debris and more.
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If you prefer writing these details down, go ahead, but a more accurate method of noting down important information is to snap photos. Photos can prove to be especially helpful if you’re not feeling too sharp following an accident.
You’ll need to take down details such as the other party’s full name, address, identification number, license plate number, car model and make. If there are any witnesses or bystanders nearby, do also get their details as their help could come in handy.
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Take photos of your injuries as soon as you notice them, and be observant – Some injuries take time to show up. If you’re injured, take photos of your injuries over time.
Please also be mindful and sensitive at the scene of the accident, and always respectfully ask permission if you need to take pictures of other injured individuals. You want to keep things as cool as possible instead of escalating tension.
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Context is everything when it comes to accident assessment. Traffic lights, overgrown foliage, weather conditions, road works and the like paint a clearer picture of the accident and aid your case.
Do also take pictures of any nearby businesses – they could have security cameras that have captured helpful footage, and a picture will help you remember that you can ask for their help.
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If possible, take pictures of the third party, potential witnesses and bystanders, passengers, and any other people at the scene of the accident. Taking photos of third party passengers is one way to protect yourself against motor insurance fraud, whilst photos of witnesses can help you remember to ask for their help if needed.
Now that we’ve covered the type of photos you need to take, here are 11 pro tips, free of charge, to help make sure you’re 100% covered.
Now that you know what the 5 most important pictures to take after an accident are, we’d like to emphasise that while doing so is of crucial importance, safety always comes first. If anyone (including yourself) needs help or is injured, please tend to them first before gathering picture evidence.
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