Smart Phones and Accident Reporting Continued

Smart Phone picture taking of accidents will be more effective if you have a plan of attack. Following the photographic phases below will help to ensure that the facts of the accident are reported accurately.

3. Photographic Phases:

a. Overall View:
These photos should be taken from a vantage point which affords a view of the whole accident scene. Consider for a moment what a picture would look like if taken from the air. If you have a high vantage point to shoot from, or a building, you can accomplish this easily. This is not usually the case, so another technique should be used. Back away from the accident scene and shoot pictures from four points on a circle. You should be far enough away to show the complete scene. This can usually be accomplished at about 30 -50 yards.

b. Key Points of Reference:
Take pictures of signs, lights, traffic controls, etc. Take these pictures in a way that they show the relationship to the wreckage. Do this in a circular fashion until you have covered the entire scene.

c. Close Circle:
Move in to about 50 feet from the scene and continue to take pictures. You should focus on: the position of the vehicles, placement of debris, skid marks, and other details, if significant. Photograph the vehicles from four corners to ensure you get it all.

d. Detailed Views:
Now is the time to photograph the people, the claimant, witnesses, crowd, police, etc. Also, take close up photographs of impact marks on each of the vehicles.

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