After securing your safety in the aftermath of a car accident, capturing photographic evidence of the scene ranks as the second most crucial action. The general assumption is that a couple of pictures should suffice, yet the reality is that photos can play a more substantial role than you might expect. Read on to discover how and why. If you find yourself needing a free legal consultation post-accident, feel free to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707.

Capturing the Scale of Your Vehicle’s Damage through Photos

One of the determinants of your personal injury settlement size is the extent of the damage your car sustained. Regrettably, the opposing party may contend that your vehicle was not as damaged at the scene as your mechanic later reported. For instance, if someone is seeking a new fender, they could conceivably stage an accident that leaves their fender unscathed, only to later deliberately damage it for insurance coverage.

By taking clear, comprehensive photos at the accident scene, you make it challenging for the other side to accuse you of this type of fraud.

Documenting Your Injuries through Photos

Similarly, photographic evidence of any visible injuries sustained in the accident can be invaluable. Without such documentation, insurance companies may attempt to argue that your injuries predated the accident or occurred afterwards. This underscores the importance of seeking immediate medical attention. Doctors can document visible as well as invisible injuries, like whiplash.

Photos as Evidence of the Accident Circumstances

Several elements captured in photos can aid in establishing how the accident occurred. Elements like skid marks, road conditions, debris, or weather conditions all play a role in accidents and can be visually recorded. Similarly, images showing the position of the vehicles post-accident can prove beneficial, especially if the services of an accident reconstruction expert become necessary to substantiate your case.

Photos as a Tool for Identifying Witnesses

In the event that your injuries are not severe, it is advisable to gather as much information as possible from the accident scene, including witness details. However, if you are significantly injured, this might not be your top priority. Here, photographs can prove incredibly helpful. They might capture a license plate, allowing your attorney to track down the owner and obtain their statement. Similarly, images of faces might enable others at the scene to identify them.

Is it possible to win a personal injury case without any photos? Yes, but the presence of photographic evidence can often simplify the process. Regardless of your situation, do not hesitate to reach out to Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a complimentary legal consultation.