Traffic accident? Your cell phone camera could save the day

    Traffic accident overtake you? First, make sure everyone is safe and that medical assistance isn’t needed. Then there’s the big paper exchange. Do you know the whats  — and hows —  of information exchange?

    It’s a snap — literally. Most cell phone cameras have a high enough resolution to make recording paperwork images a natural. And when your adrenaline is pumping after an accident, there’s less likelihood of forgetting something or having the “trembling hand syndrome” leave you with notes that you can’t read.

    Here’s the stuff you want good, close-up photos of:
    Driver’s licenses
    Vehicle registrations
    Proof of insurance cards
    License plates
    Business cards (if available) of accident witnesses.

    And, of course, accident scene photos. They should include:
    Damage to vehicles
    Vehicle positions
    Weather conditions
    Skid marks
    Other unusual things having a bearing on the accident, say construction zones, detours, road hazards, and the like.

    Don’t take risks when you take your photos, keep out of the way of traffic, and make your information exchange as quick as possible — reduce the likelihood of yet another accident. Contact your insurance company and let them know you have photos of the pertinent information. And it’s always wise to upload (or electronically transfer) your photos to your home computer for safekeeping.

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