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The Great Value Of Photographs

The Great Value Of Photographs

  By Dan Baldyga
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  Dan Baldyga has a lifetime of experience in the field of motor vehicle accidents, personal injury and compensation.
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Photographs are often the best evidence you can produce to increase the value of your claim.

PHOTOGRAPHS OF INJURIES: If your accident causes bodily injuries that are visible (such as burns, bruises, deep cuts, swellings, lacerations, dislocations and/or black and blue marks) it's crucial, to the ultimate settlement value of your case, that you have photographs taken just as soon as possible! Take them from about 3 feet away and also as close as you can so as to capture the seriousness of their existence. When you hand those to the adjuster he'll blanch!

PHOTOGRAPHS OF BOTH VEHICLES: You should take photographs of the damages of your own vehicle from several different angles. If at all possible find the car that hit you and take photographs of that damage also. When it comes to proving the impact your body was subjected to (and in many cases to prove who was at fault) those photographs will be worth their weight in gold.

HOW TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ACCIDENT SCENE: The pictures of each accident scene, or a related object, should be taken from at least three different angles: Snap several of a "general view" of the area from about 20 to 40 feet away; a couple more "medium range" shot's from 10 to 15 feet away, and then some "Close- up" shot's from 3 to 5 feet away. If it's at all possible all three different distances should have a common point of orientation. If, for example, you're snapping photographs of a skid mark, it should be taken from an angel so as to clearly show where that skid mark is, in relation to a landmark, like a street sign, a building, a fire hydrant, etc. Another photograph should then be taken with a closer view - - one clearly identifying the skid mark in detail - - and also, if possible, include this readily identifiable object or landmark (the street signs, building, etc.).

A WORD OF GREAT IMPORTANCE: Because they're such potent evidence you should blow up those photographs of the skid marks, taken from 3 to 6 feet away, into 8X10 glossies. A total of 12 to 15 photographs of the accident scene and/or the skid are not too many. When you hand copies of the 8X10 glossy photographs of those skid marks to the adjuster, to help justify the payment he'll eventually make to you, it's absolutely money in your bank!

A WORD OF CAUTION: The person engaged in the task of snapping photograph's of an accident scene, or some related object, should be careful to make sure that they're not undertaking it with a casual, hasty or careless attitude - - one that tends to leave it up to the camera to do the thinking for him. Rather, the photographer ought to carefully consider the process and enter into the undertaking very seriously. If the photos produced are to have the maximum usefulness you must analyze the scene and thoughtfully determine how many photos will be required and from what angles. (Take more than you think you need because some may not come out the way you thought they would).

You should take photos of the accident scene; the intersection where the accident occurred, shots of the immediate surroundings, and shots of all relevant gouge and/or chop marks on the highway surface, plus traffic signs, etc., as applicable.

It cannot be emphasized enough that photographs of skid marks are invaluable evidence, since they can often indicate the speed of the car at the time of the impact and are very often a tremendous asset when it comes to establishing fault.

A good practice is to make a brief notation on the backs of all the photos, entering upon them a brief account of what or whom the photo is showing, the date it was taken and by whom.


DISCLAIMER: The only purpose of this claim tip is to help people understand the motor vehicle accident claim process. Neither Dan Baldyga or Vince Ciulla make any guarantee of any kind whatsoever; NOR do they purport to engage in rendering any professional or legal service; NOR to substitute for a lawyer, an insurance adjuster, or claims consultant, or the like. Where such professional help is desired it is the INDIVIDUAL'S RESPONSIBILITY to obtain said services.

Copyright (c) 2005 by Daniel G. Baldyga All Rights Reserved

Dan Baldyga's fourth and latest book Auto Accident Personal Injury Insuraece Claim: (How To Evaluate And Settle Your Loss) can be found on the Internet at This book reveals "How To" successfully handle your motor vehicle accident claim, so you won't be taken advantage of. It also goes into detail regarding the revolutionary BASE (The Baldyga Auto Accident Settlement Evaluation Formula). BASE explains how to determine the value of the "Pain and Suffering" you endured because of your personal injury.

Additional Information provided courtesy of AllDATA and Warranty Direct

© 2006 Vincent T. Ciulla

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