Most people have quick access to a camera, typically through a cell phone, and it can prove very helpful when preserving evidence immediately after a car accident. Pictures can tell a lot about what might have caused an accident and the resulting damages.

Tips for Taking Pictures of a Damaged Vehicle

Be sure to take several shots. Not only for the sake of having extra copies, but the more pictures taken, the wider range to choose from when selecting the best, clearest representation of the damage.

Another tip is to take pictures of the damaged areas from a variety of angles. This is similar to taking several shots to increase the chance of taking a clear representation of the damages and circumstances of the accident. This should include long-distance shots, close-ups, and views from all sides.

Lighting is also important. If the sky is cloudy, it may be necessary to use a flash. If it’s really sunny, the glare can sometimes get in the way of a quality picture, so it may require finding ways to block it. Reflections can also make it difficult to see damage. After printing the pictures, the damaged areas can be circled with a pen or marker.

When these pictures are taken depends on whether or not the vehicle is moved after an accident. If they can be taken before moving the vehicles, this is best. But always follow Georgia laws dictating that vehicles be removed from the roadway if no serious personal injury or death is present. 

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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