An accident, even a minor one, makes subsequent accidents in the same area much more likely. Distracted drivers may fail to stop at the accident scene in time and rushed or stressed drivers may make crucial errors when trying to get around the debris. That’s why crash scenes are often cleaned up in just a matter of hours after a collision.
What does this mean for your personal injury claim? It means that you have a limited amount of time in which you can get photographic evidence of the collision. If you want to strengthen your claim with the best evidence possible, you must take advantage of this time. Learn more about crash scene photos and how they can help you. To talk more about your accident, call Mann & Potter at 205-879-9661.
The Photos You Need to Take
While any photos are better than no photos, you may want to take a few minutes to ensure that you are taking the best photos for a personal injury claim. Consider taking these photos:
- Your vehicle and all of its damage; take photos from multiple distances and angles
- The other vehicle or vehicles and their damage—get their license plates in the photos
- Damaged roads or public property, including roadways, signs, and traffic lights
- Skid marks or other road markings
- The entire crash scene, including relevant road signs, speed limit signs, and traffic lights
- Road debris and vehicle parts that have fallen off
- Broken glass
- Proof of the lighting and weather conditions
- Injuries you sustained
After you take these photos, make multiple backups. Once you retain an attorney, you should send them copies immediately.
The photos you take could benefit your personal injury claim in several different ways:
Evidence of Your Damages
To start, photos provide conclusive evidence of the claims you make about your injuries and property damage. Insurance adjusters are notorious for assuming that victims are exaggerating their injuries or lying about property damage. It’s much harder for them to do that when you have photographic proof of the damage their client caused. When you are better able to prove your losses, you stand a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
Provides Proof of Liability
In many cases, photos make it much easier for the attorneys and insurance adjusters involved in the claim to figure out liability. For example, photographs may show what evasive actions were taken to avoid the accident and whether or not both parties were in their own lanes when the accident occurred.
If a photograph shows the other party’s vehicle across two lanes and your vehicle pushed out of its lane, it is fairly easy to see what happened. Insurance adjusters are also very good at denying their client’s liability and trying to point fingers at others, but clear photographs make it harder for them to do that.
Additional Insight into the Crash
There are bits of information that you’re unlikely to think of without being asked, but nevertheless can be very useful to the investigation. As an example, a photograph showing the layout of the road may show that the lane markings were clear and obvious, calling into question the other driver’s claim that the road markings were too worn out to be visible.
It’s hard to know exactly what information will be useful in a personal injury claim, which is one of the main reasons you want photographs. They contain far more information than you’d naturally provide when asked, which gives your lawyer the freedom to find more evidence for your claim.
Spending a few minutes taking photographs can really pay off when you choose to seek compensation from the liable party. Once you’ve done so, ensure that you make copies and provide them to your attorney immediately—you don’t want a technological error to cause you to lose crucial evidence.
Ready to Start Your Personal Injury Claim? Call Mann & Potter
The sooner you reach out to Mann & Potter, the sooner we can jump into the investigative stage of your injury claim. Just give us a call at 205-879-9661 or reach out online to find out how we can help you.