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A picture may be worth a thousand words following a car crash

Experiencing a motor vehicle crash caused by another driver's negligence can no doubt be overwhelming and devastating. However, preserving as much of the evidence present at the scene as possible can prove to be a critical step toward eventually seeking justice and compensation for your injuries and suffering.

This includes taking notes as well as capturing photos of the crash scene. Photographs can especially be effective if you are attempting to prove the damages you have suffered in a collision in an attempt to hold the at-fault driver accountable. Here are a few guidelines for taking effective photos in the aftermath of a car crash in Tennessee.

Take general scene pictures

Capturing an overall view of your crash scene can be paramount for starters. You may want to take several pictures of the crash scene from many angles. At this point, you do not need to worry about capturing details in your pictures. However, it may behoove you to display the involved cars' relative positions in your photos, showing how close they are to one another.

Take photos of conditions at the crash scene

This involves taking pictures of the weather conditions at the time of the crash. For instance, were there snow flurries, rain clouds or even rain puddles on the road? These pictures may be helpful in the event that the driver who likely caused the wreck places blame on the weather for contributing to the crash. You might also want to take pictures of yield signs, traffic lights and stop signs near the scene of the crash.

Other conditions you may benefit from capturing on camera while still at the location where the incident occurred are those of the street and the areas surrounding it. For example, you can take photos of skid marks and roadside debris -- essentially anything that indicates that a crash has taken place. Your own physical condition may especially be worth photographing. For instance, you can take pictures of the visible physical injuries you suffered in the crash.

Your rights as a victim of a car crash

If another driver's reckless or negligent actions resulted in your injuries, it typically is within your right to file a personal injury claim against that driver, seeking damages. Photos you took at the crash scene may help you to more effectively prove your case. Monetary damages from a successfully fought claim may help you to cover your medical bills as well as the loss of wages if your injuries kept you from returning to work for a time.

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