Your favorite song lyrics fill your ears as you move to the music on your way to work. However, seemingly out of nowhere, another motorist strikes your automobile. Suddenly, the sound of colliding metal fills your ears in place of your favorite song, and your desire to dance has died.
In addition to being shaken emotionally as a result of the accident, you may find yourself with serious injuries following the crash. Fortunately, if the car accident resulted from another driver's carelessness, it is within your rights to seek justice in Ohio. Taking photos of the accident scene and of your injuries may be helpful for you down the road in this regard.
How to take accident photos effectively
To take effective photos, you may first want to focus on getting a broad view of the crash scene. This involves taking pictures of the collision scene from a variety of angles. The details in your pictures are not critical at this point. However, you ideally want to get all involved automobiles' relative angles and positions in your photos.
Next, you can proceed to take more detailed shots at the scene. For instance, you can take close-up pictures of scratches, broken windows or other parts of the involved automobiles that have been damaged. You might even notice interior damage that is worth photographing as well.
Items to photograph at the accident scene
While at the collision scene, it may be helpful for you to snap photos of all traffic indicators near your crash scene, including stop signs, yield signs or traffic lights. If you see stationary objects, such as guardrails, trees or street signs, that have been damaged, these are especially important to photograph too. You can also take photographs of the cars' license plates as well as the other driver's insurance card.
Why accident photos are so important
Taking photos of the scene of the car accident essentially helps you to preserve evidence. Preserving this evidence is critical because the evidence may help to support your claim for monetary compensation and offer proof of the other driver's fault. The photos will help with the process of determining the amount you may end up receiving in damages. The better your photos are, the better your settlement offer may be.