How do I take pictures of my car for car insurance?

I had to submit a claim to my insurance after backing into a pole. They want me to submit proof of the damage. How do I take pictures of my car?

Answer
Although you have a lot to think about after an accident, one of the first things you should do is take pictures of the damage to document the accident and gather proof of fault should you need it.
In your situation, make sure to take pictures of:
  • The accident scene at multiple angles
  • Any damage to your car
  • Any injuries you sustained, especially if you don’t think you need hospitalization
  • The pole you hit
If you don’t have a camera on your phone, you may want to call a friend or family member to help. You could also buy a disposable camera or borrow a digital camera to take photos. After taking the pictures, send them to your insurance.
Depending on your car insurance company, you may be able to submit photos through their mobile app or your online account. If that’s not possible, email the photos to your insurance company’s claims department. With this evidence, the claims adjuster will review your photos and the damage to decide on your claim.
Should your insurance rate increase after filing a claim, consider shopping around. You can collect quotes online or use an app like Jerry. Jerry allows you to collect quotes from up to 50 top insurance providers to find customized coverage for the best rate.
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 22, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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