How Your Photos Will Work in a Car Accident Case
These days, many people automatically pull out their smart phone and take photos of anything that happens to them, such as a car accident. In fact, at The Millar Law Firm we recommend that one of the first things you should do after a car accident is take photos of the cars and the accident scene, including vehicle damage, skid marks, debris and bodily injuries.
Photographs Are Needed After A Local Accident
Photographs can be very important evidence in an injury lawsuit after a car accident.
In addition to documenting property damage to your vehicle, photos can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and your pain and suffering after a car accident. In some cases, photos can hurt your case. We’ll explain why below.
To learn more about the role of photographs in your car accident case, simply contact The Millar Firm to speak directly with a lawyer.
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Photos to Take After a Car Accident
A car accident is a stressful experience and can cause serious injury, so taking care of your and/or your passengers’ medical needs is the priority immediately after an accident. But if you are able to take photos at the scene of your car accident, take photos of anything that will tell the story of your accident, such as:
- Vehicle positions
- Vehicle damage
- Crash debris such as broken glass and skid marks
- Roadside damage to signs, guardrails and the shoulder of the road
- Existing damage to the road or other environmental circumstances (a construction zone, evidence of missing warning signs) that may have contributed to the accident
- Personal injuries, including injuries to you and your passengers
- The other driver if he/she is unhurt
- Get witnesses’ names and contact information if you can.
After you leave the scene of the accident, additional photos can continue to tell the story of your car accident and how it has affected your life.
Take Plenty of Photos After Your Automobile Wreck
Take photos – or have a friend or family member take photos – of you during your recovery. You should also get photos of yourself on crutches and in a cast if, for example, you broke an ankle in your wreck. Additionally, photos or video of physical therapy during your recovery could be helpful to your case. You might make frequent videos of yourself explaining briefly what you are going though as you work to recover from the injuries suffered in your accident
If a severe accident has left you unable to pursue hobbies or work that you used to enjoy, you may have photos from before your accident that will help your case. For example, photos of you waterskiing, dancing, working or pursuing any physical activity that you cannot enjoy now can be used as evidence of the loss you have suffered.
Compensation for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit is determined by the jury. Photos used as evidence can go a long way toward showing a jury your pain and suffering.
Photos to Avoid After an Georgia Car Accident
Just as it is easy to take photos and videos with cell phones and tablets, it’s easy and fun to share them through social media like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vine and other outlets. But like other material on the Internet, any photos you upload to these sites are out there for anyone to see.
Insurance company defense attorneys routinely look at social media accounts of those pursuing lawsuits against their clients, and they know their way around privacy settings. Even though your injuries and your pain and suffering are real, a photo can be presented out of context to hurt your credibility. It is very important to keep this in mind throughout your personal injury case.
Our Lawyers Can Use Photos to Establish Your Case
If you have suffered a serious personal injury or the loss of a loved one in a car accident, contact The Millar Law Firm. We can prepare a legal claim for you to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
Our personal injury lawyers have helped people across Georgia obtain the compensation they deserved after accidents.
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