January 23, 2017
How Important Is It To Take Pictures After a Car Wreck?
While many car wreck victims do not take photos of the accident scene, this can often be a mistake. It is true that the vast majority of car wreck cases do not depend on photos taken at the scene of the accident, there are a few in which it will make a difference. You don’t want to be in the position of defending your claim against unscrupulous drivers and their dishonest insurance claims adjusters without the evidence you need to prove your case. In a certain percentage of car wreck cases, this evidence will lie in the photos taken immediately after the crash.
So, after a car crash, you need to think about taking photos, if it is safe to do so, as well as your injuries or the injuries to the other accident victims if they do not prevent you from taking photos.
Four Tips for Taking Car Accident Photographs
Take as many photos as you can.
Take as many photos as possible. Few of us are professional photographers and we know that it will take many shots to get a good one. Some will be blurry but you want to make sure that some of the photos come out clearly showing the scene of the crash.
Take photos from different angles
Don’t take photos while standing in the same place. It is important to take photos from many different angles in order to give a better idea of the scene and damage. You want some of the photos to be close-ups and some to be at a distance. You want to take photos of the same object while standing in different places.
Take photos as soon as possible
It is a good idea to take photos as soon as you can after the crash. Make sure that the date stamp on you cell phone or camera is turned on so you can ensure that the photos were taken on the day of the crash.
Take photos of your injuries
If you are injured in a car wreck, you definitely want to document this with photos. Some of the most powerful evidence of injury will be photos of the injuries after the crash. While many injuries cannot be photographed, it is powerful evidence when this evidence exists. You also want to take photos of anyone in the hospital and at various stages in the injury victim’s recovery. We are all trained to smile when the camera is on us but resist the temptation to smile since this makes it look like you are not injured.
A New Mexico car accident attorney can help you collect some of this photographic evidence. This is especially important when you are unable to document parts of the car wreck due to serious injuries. Your car accident attorney can also think of ways to create documentary evidence that will help you document your case, your injuries, fault in a car accident and to preserve evidence that will help you build your personal injury case.
It is important to act quickly because the at-fault driver’s insurance company will immediately begin the process of investigating the claim and looking for reasons to deny your claim.
Contact Whitener Law Firm for a free consultation to determine what needs to be done to preserve evidence and build your case. You can request a free consultation online or by phone.
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