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Use Your Smart Phone to Document a Car Accident Scene

Car accident scene documentation can be very simple using a smart phone.

chicago auto accident documentationSmart phones enable you to take photographs of the accident scene then and there, without a delay. Here are five ways in which you can use your smartphone after a car accident.


1. Take photographs of the accident scene.

Take pictures of the final position of the vehicles immediately after the crash. Other evidence, such as skid marks on the road, can help in reconstructing the accident at a later date.


2. Take photographs of property damage.

In any car accident case, the major issues are who is at fault for the accident and was the impact of the crash significant enough to cause injuries. Both of these questions hinge primarily on the physical damage to the car. For example, if the rear of one car and the front of the other are damaged, it is a sign of a rear-end collision, and the extent of damage can prove the seriousness of impact. Take multiple photographs from all angles.


3. Take photographs of the driver’s registration, license, and proof of vehicle insurance.

In the aftermath of an accident, the last thing you want to do is look for pen and paper to jot down all the details you need to make a claim. So, rather than writing down all the details, take digital pictures of the documents.


4. Take a video of eye witnesses.

If there are any eye witnesses to the accident and they are willing to provide a statement, take a video. Eye witnesses can verify critical points such as someone running a red light or over speeding. While some people may be reluctant to provide a video statement, many would be willing to help someone in need. Ask for a name, contact address, and to give the details of what they saw.


5. Take photographs of injuries.

Take photographs of injuries that are immediately evident such as scrapes, cuts, bruises, and lacerations.

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