3 tips for photographing a car crash

From pop-up parades to congested traffic, a variety of driving obstacles exists in and around New Orleans. Even if you drive cautiously and defensively, someone may eventually collide with your vehicle. If that happens, you must carefully document the accident scene. 

Virtually everyone nowadays has a smartphone with a camera feature. As such, you probably have a decent camera with you every time you drive your car, truck or SUV. Because the photographs you take of a collision scene may be helpful in pursuing compensation from the negligent driver who caused the crash, you should try to capture some meaningful shots. Here are three tips for doing so: 

1. Photograph all vehicles 

If your vehicle collides with another one, both cars may have damage. This damage may be minor, such as a dented bumper, or extreme, like a crumpled front. You should try to photograph all vehicles involved in the crash. Capture footage from as many different angles as possible. Also, do not forget to photograph inside your car if you have interior damage. 

2. Photograph the entire scene 

In demonstrating how a collision unfolded, photographic evidence can be tremendously valuable. Therefore, try to photograph the entire accident scene. Snap photos of traffic patterns, signage, weather conditions, the location of the sun and other relevant subjects. 

3. Photograph injuries 

Injuries may not appear immediately. Therefore, you should always seek a medical evaluation after any car crash. If you or your passengers have visible injuries, though, take some photographs of them. Furthermore, keep your camera handy to continue to document your injuries as you go through the healing and recovery processes.   

Following any car crash, your safety must be your top priority. Accordingly, you should never take pictures if doing so puts you or others in danger. If you can safely photograph the collision scene, however, you want to capture the best possible footage. After all, the pictures you take may make a big difference in receiving fair compensation for your injuries and property damage.

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