What Value Do Pictures Add to My Accident Injury Claim?
How to Build a Strong Injury Claim for Compensation
Accidents are chaotic and stressful. In all the hubbub of calling 911, speaking to first responders, and deciding if you need an accident attorney, it can be difficult to remember to take photos, but it’s one of the most important things you can do.
As the old adage goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but in the case of a collision, a picture can be worth thousands or millions of dollars!
In a collision, several kinds of disputes can arise when determining fault. Your lawyer will ask if the other driver:
- Ran a red light
- Did not wait until they had the right of way to turn
- Obeyed a posted yield sign
There are literally hundreds of ways a car wreck lawyer or insurance adjuster can dispute the facts of an accident to claim their client is not at fault. When the events leading up to the accident are questioned, you’re going to need evidence. That’s where pictures come in.
Evidence for Your Claim
The police that arrive at the scene of your accident will create an accident report based on eyewitness testimony and evidence at the scene, such as skid marks or damage to your vehicle. The police report that is created will serve as evidence, but you can also take your case’s fate into your own hands by documenting what happened yourself.
Pictures are a vital piece of evidence for your car accident injury claim. It is much harder to dispute a picture than a statement. Pictures also provide guidance to your attorney as to the specifics of the scenario in question and give credibility to your case. In short, pictures are an invaluable tool to getting you the best possible compensation for your damages.
Each picture taken can be monumental to your case. Although they might not all be used, it is important to take as many pictures as possible after a collision has occurred.
When it comes to what kind of pictures to take, it is better to take too many than none at all. Take pictures of your damages. Damages include your vehicle, damaged property, and bodily injuries. Even seatbelt abrasions and small bruises or lacerations are relevant to your claim.
Take pictures of the other driver’s damages. While the other driver’s property damage and injuries may seem like it’s not your problem, it may be helpful.
You never know what the other party is going to claim down the road, so having documentation of what happened is important to ensure that you aren’t getting taken advantage of. They may attempt to hide damages and may not even report the incident to their insurance. You want to make sure to get not only the damages to the other driver’s vehicle but also a picture of their license plate and kind of car. This is important to verify that the vehicle that hit you is covered under the other driver’s insurance policy. You can’t count on the other driver to be honest with their insurance. Some people may even try to fake a bodily injury so if you can take a couple pictures of the other driver at the scene.
Take pictures of the insurance card and license of the other driver. This is important because you may not have a police report and even if you do the information gathered may not be correct. Your best bet for accurate information is to gather it yourself and taking those pictures can help you get a claim started right away.
Take pictures of the accident scene and any posted signage in the area. Try to get pictures before the cars or moved or the scene is cleared. The closest you can get to showing the aftermath of the accident, the bigger the impact. Having photos of the traffic signals and signs will help your injury attorney argue your case with confidence and will help the insurance company understand who is liable.
What Happens if I’m Too Injured to Take Any Pictures?
You may be too injured to take photos, but don’t worry; this doesn’t mean your claim is moot. You can still rely on the accident report and medical report to help your case.
You can also ask the police officers or paramedics for help in taking a few photos on your behalf. Photos always help law enforcement with their investigation, so they should agree.
If there were passengers in your vehicle or bystanders nearby, ask them to take pictures for you on either your phone or their own. You can also get their contact information so you can reach out to them later for a statement.
Your attorney will determine the best photos for use in your demand or negotiations with the insurance and will follow up on any disputes raised by the other party. If you have more questions about photo or video evidence, contact Accident Lawyers Firm because our attorneys are here to help you heal.