- Only if it is safe to do so, after a car accident, take photos and video of the accident scene with your cell phone or camera.
- Photos of vehicle damage, skid marks, debris and the positions of the cars and trucks involved in the wreck can help win your case.
- Be sure to take lots of pictures of your bodily injuries. If you are unable to, have a friend or family member take photos.
- Photos or video while you heal of your injuries, your physical therapy or recovery journey can continue to tell the story of how the car accident has affected your life.
- Be cautious about posting photos on social media. Even though your injuries and your pain and suffering are real, a photo of you having fun after your accident can be presented out of context by an insurance company or defense lawyers.
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. Taking the right photographs and video of your accident and injury can mean the difference between winning and losing a car accident claim.
Photographs Are Needed After A Georgia Car Accident
Photographs can be among the most 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.
Accident Scene Photos You Should 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 SAFELY take photos at the scene of your car accident, take photos and video 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)
- 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.
A Note of Caution About Video Evidence:
If you are taking video of the accident scene, the aftermath, your injuries or anything you plan to use as case evidence – we recommend that you do not narrate the video. Anything you or people standing nearby say will be recorded on the video and can be used as evidence against you in the case.
Take Plenty of Photos to Document Your Injuries and Recovery
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.
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. On the other hand, be careful about taking photos or posting to social media of fun activities you may be enjoying on a “good” day while you are healing. No one expects your life to stop completely. But if you are posting photos of a trip to Disney World a few weeks after a serious injury, the insurance company may use the photos to try to reduce your settlement or attack you in court.
Compensation for pain and suffering in a personal injury lawsuit is determined by the jury. Photos showing the severity of your injuries can go a long way toward showing a jury your pain and suffering.
Avoid Posting ‘Action’ Photos to Social Media After a 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. 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 investigate for you and prepare a legal claim for you to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, property damage and other losses.
Our Atlanta personal injury car accident lawyers and South Atlanta auto accident attorneys have helped people across Georgia obtain the compensation they deserved after accidents.
Call or contact us online to get started on your case today. We can advise you in a free initial legal consultation.