Tips for Taking Pictures After a Car Crash
Car accidents are very stressful, and so is trying to recover the full damages you deserve from the insurance company or the at-fault party. Like all personal injury claims, you will need evidence to prove your claim and recover the fair settlement you deserve. Some of the best evidence used in car accident cases are pictures taken at the scene. Unfortunately, most people are not aware of what pictures to take or how to take the best pictures that will help them prove their claim. If you have been in an accident, below are some tips on how to take photos of the crash scene.
Take Pictures from Different Angles
Many people simply take pictures from where they are standing immediately after the accident, but it is important to get pictures from different angles. When you take photos from various angles, it can help tell the story of how the crash happened and prove that someone else was negligent. These photos can also help corroborate your story after the accident. While taking pictures from different angles, also make sure that you do not focus on close-ups, but that you use panoramic views which can capture the entire scene, as well.
Timestamp the Photos
Pictures are valuable evidence, but you must also be able to prove that the pictures were taken on the day of your accident. If you cannot present this proof, they may be considered inadmissible in court if your case goes that far. A judge may determine that it is impossible to tell when the photos were taken, so they will not allow them.
Most people today take pictures using their smartphone and many of these will automatically timestamp the photo for you. Before taking pictures, always make sure that the timestamp option is turned on. If you are using another type of camera, also make sure that you manually turn this feature on.
Do Not Use Filters
The filters that come on cameras today are a lot of fun to play with, but the moments after an accident is not the time to use them. Filters cannot only affect the accuracy of the pictures, but the negligent party may also claim that the filtered effect is because you doctored the pictures, which could hurt your case. Take pictures using the standard camera lens so nothing interferes with the quality or accuracy of your pictures.
Our Florida Car Accident Lawyers Can Collect Evidence for Your Claim
Pictures are very important pieces of evidence after a crash, but there are others, as well. At Eighmie Law Firm, P.A., our skilled Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers will collect medical records, the police report, and any other evidence that can help prove your claim. If you have been injured in a crash, call us today at 772-905-8692 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys and to learn more about how we can help.