Never underestimate the value of your camera phone at an accident scene! This might just be the time to remove some of the pretty guys and girls from your camera and take a few pictures that might save you much distress and inconvenience later!
You might always be able to take photos later of your friends – but the accident scene will never be the same again. The law requires that you report an accident to the local police station. You might however forget exactly what the accident scene looked like, how many lanes there were and what the flow of traffic was. Can you remember the condition of the roads, whether it was raining, whether the road was slippery etc…?
A few photos from the camera in your phone might be able to provide you with assistance when making these disclosures on the accident report form. You might also be able to avoid dispute pertaining to the identity of the other party by capturing his license disk and number plate on your cellular phone!
The photos taken from your phone will also assist your insurer in any later dispute with another insurer or vehicle owner. There are few things worse than “he said -she said” after an accident. As we sometimes say – “Look after the facts – the law will look after itself!” Use your cellular phone to capture the facts!
But which photos should I take?
The Arrive Alive website has approached well – known forensic accident reconstructionist, Stan Bezuidenhout and asked him to provide information on the topic “The perfect 36 Photographs of any accident”.
This section on the website explains what photographs a person could or should take, if they only had 36 exposures (typical point-and-shoot film capacity).
We have also made this available on the mobile website at ArriveAlive.mobi. We would like to invite all to visit this section and alert friends, family and colleagues that the information is available on your cellular phones!!