Recent news events have highlighted the dramatic impact that videotapes and photographs can have on settling factual disputes regarding an incident. This type of evidence is particularly persuasive because it records objectively, unlike the participants to an event or accident whose perception may be influenced by emotion and stress. One area where photographs and videotape can make a huge difference is in recording car accidents. Preserving evidence after an accident can play an important part in evaluating a personal injury case, from determining who was at fault to proving damages.
Photos at the Car Accident Scene
If you have been in a car accident, the best way to obtain photographic evidence is to record it yourself or ask someone to take photos for you at the scene. Use your cellphone camera, if you don’t have a digital camera with you, and record the following:
- Damage to the vehicles and their location, including broken car parts,
- Skid marks,
- Traffic signals and signs,
- Names of streets or intersection,
- Other important features, such as the position of the sun, snow banks or other obstructions, if those were a factor in the accident.
Also, note the date and time of day that the photographs were taken or use the timestamp feature. If you’re unable to obtain photos that day, then return to the scene as soon as you are able, or ask someone you trust.
In addition, check the surrounding area for possible security cameras that could provide additional photographs or video footage. These are frequently found at retail and convenience stores to survey parking lots and some have been installed by municipalities at intersections and heavily traveled areas to discourage crime. Contact the business or city responsible for maintenance of the camera as soon as possible, even that day. Ask that the tape be preserved and request a copy. Often the tapes used in these cameras constantly re-record over previous recordings, in cycles as short as twenty-four hours.
Photos of Injuries
Photographic evidence can be particularly powerful when depicting injuries, because these images can be graphic and persuasive to an insurance company or jury. Photograph any injuries as close to the time of the auto accident as possible. Also photograph injuries several hours or days after the accident as it can take time for bruising and swelling to develop.
In a personal injury case, photographs or video documentation can make a substantial difference in both establishing liability and damages. Photographs speak for themselves and they can also change the outcome of a claim. For more suggestions, please see “Ten Things To Do If You Are In A Car Accident”.
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If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, obtain a copy of our Free Report, Some Straight Talk About Insurance Companies and Your Car Accident Claim. In addition, you can contact Attorney Allison now for a free consultation by calling 978-740-9433 or filling out our free consultation form. We look forward to talking to you about your claim.