Ta­ke car ac­ci­dent pho­tos to help with a claim

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

If you, or a fa­mi­ly mem­ber, are in­ju­red in a car ac­ci­dent, ta­king pho­to­grap­hs at the sce­ne of the ac­ci­dent is a pre­ci­se and practi­cal way of col­lecting e­vi­den­ce, ac­cor­ding to Kirs­tie Has­lam, part­ner at DSC At­tor­neys, who says that graphic i­ma­ges of the da­ma­ge, in­ju­ries and fac­tors that may ha­ve con­tri­bu­ted to the ac­ci­dent are not e­a­si­ly chal­len­ged.

“As a re­sult, car ac­ci­dent pho­to­grap­hs are vi­tal le­gal aids that can be u­sed to help se­cu­re a claim from the Ro­ad Ac­ci­dent Fund (RAF) or an in­su­ran­ce com­pa­ny,” she ex­plains.

“Pho­to­grap­hs can be u­sed to cor­ro­bo­ra­te your ver­si­on of how and why the ac­ci­dent occur­red. T­hey are al­so u­se­ful vi­su­al aids that can jog your me­mo­ry, if the details of the ac­ci­dent be­gin to f­a­de.”

To en­s­u­re you cap­tu­re the rig­ht kinds of i­ma­ges as be­st as pos­si­ble, Has­lam pro­vi­des a quick gui­de on w­hat pic­tu­res to ta­ke, and the im­por­tant points to re­mem­ber.

Da­ma­ges. In­ju­ries. The sce­ne. W­hat pho­tos to ta­ke

Get a re­cord of the da­ma­ges to your car and the ot­her ve­hi­cle or vehi­cles in­vol­ved in the ac­ci­dent. If t­he­re is de­bris lying on the ro­ad, cap­tu­re it on ca­me­ra. Si­mi­lar­ly with a ro­ad bar­rier, traf­fic sign or buil­ding that was da­ma­ged as a re­sult of the ac­ci­dent.

Ta­ke pho­to­grap­hs of your in­ju­ries and the in­ju­ries of a­nyo­ne el­se in­vol­ved in the ac­ci­dent.

P­ho­to­graph the sur­roun­ding a­rea to pro­vi­de con­text. Ta­ke pic­tu­res of the ro­ad and pay spe­ci­al at­ten­ti­on to skid marks or par­ti­al­ly con­ce­a­led ro­ad signs. S­nap the street lamps, hou­ses and bu­si­nes­ses lo­ca­ted ne­ar­by and any ot­her e­le­ments that can be u­sed as e­vi­den­ce.

En­s­u­re you cap­tu­re

Ac­ci­dent details.

im­por­tant details, such as the ma­ke and mo­del of the ot­her car or cars, li­cen­se pla­tes and dis­cs and the dri­ver’s i­den­ti­ty do­cu­ment or dri­ver’s li­cen­se.

We­at­her con­di­ti­ons.

Re­cord the am­bient con­di­ti­ons at the sce­ne of the ac­ci­dent. If it is dark or the vi­si­bi­li­ty is poor, ta­ke pho­to­grap­hs with and wit­hout a flash.

Im­por­tant poin­ters

To en­s­u­re your car ac­ci­dent pho­to­grap­hs pro­vi­de a con­ci­se re­cord of e­vents, Has­lam says that t­he­re are a few im­por­tant points to be­ar in mind:

En­s­u­re the ca­me­ra’s da­te and ti­me stamp functi­on is wor­king;

Ta­ke mul­ti­ple pho­to­grap­hs of all the e­le­ments men­ti­o­ned a­bo­ve, in­clu­ding the sce­ne, da­ma­ges, cau­sal fac­tors, con­di­ti­ons and in­ju­ries;

Ta­ke c­lo­se-up and wi­de-an­gle shots of all the dif­fe­rent as­pects of the ac­ci­dent;

Ma­ke use of your ca­me­ra’s vi­deo mo­de as a­not­her way of col­lecting e­vi­den­ce;

Be a­wa­re of the lig­hting and use a flash if re­qui­red.

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