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How to Take Pictures of Your Car After Getting Into an Accident

Published on Mar 30 2023

Hey folks! Edmonds Autobody here. 

Getting into a car accident can be a traumatic experience. However, it's important to remember to document the accident properly for insurance purposes. One of the most important things to do is to take pictures of your car after the accident. In this blog post, we will provide you with some tips on how to take pictures of your car after getting into an accident.

Safety First:

Before you start taking pictures, make sure you are in a safe location. If possible, move your car to the side of the road or a parking lot. If your car is not drivable, turn on your hazard lights and stay in the car until help arrives. Only take pictures if it's safe to do so.

Take Pictures of the Entire Car:

Walk around the car and take pictures of the entire vehicle, including all sides, the front, the back, and the roof. This will help document any damage that may not be visible from one angle. Take multiple pictures from different angles to ensure you capture all the damage.

Capture the Details:

Take close-up pictures of any damage, such as dents, scratches, or broken parts. Don't forget to take pictures of any paint transfer from the other vehicle involved in the accident. Make sure you take pictures of the license plates of all involved vehicles.

Document the Scene:

Take pictures of the surrounding area, including any street signs, traffic lights, and skid marks on the road. This will help document the location and circumstances of the accident. Take pictures of any witnesses and their contact information.

Use Good Lighting:

Make sure you take pictures in good lighting conditions. If it's too dark, the pictures may not show the damage clearly. If it's too sunny, the glare may make it difficult to see the details. Try to take pictures in natural daylight.

Use a High-Quality Camera:

If possible, use a high-quality camera to take pictures of your car. A smartphone camera can work, but it may not capture all the details as well as a camera with better resolution.

Save the Pictures:

Once you have taken all the necessary pictures, make sure you save them in a safe place. You can store them on your phone, computer, or in the cloud. Make sure you have easy access to them when you need to provide them to your insurance company.


Taking pictures of your car after getting into an accident is essential for insurance purposes. By following these tips, you can document the damage properly and ensure that you have the necessary evidence to file a claim. Remember to prioritize safety first and take pictures of the entire car, the details, the scene, and save the pictures in a safe place.


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