It can seem impossible to think clearly after a serious collision, but your statements and actions in the immediate aftermath can have a profound impact on the success of your personal injury claim. In addition to contacting the police and recording the contact information of eyewitnesses, it is essential that you take pictures of the accident scene.
Photos can tell the story of how the crash happened and help your accident lawyer prove negligence and liability. They will be crucial evidence if the at-fault driver denies liability or if the insurance company disputes your claim.
Even with strong evidence, the insurance company will look for any possible excuse to deny or undervalue your claim. One small mistake, such as making a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster or overlooking certain damages, could reduce the amount of compensation you ultimately recover.
Ronald W. Truman is an accident lawyer in Utah who can help you avoid costly mistakes and fight for the maximum settlement. If your case goes to trial, Mr. Truman has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
Our law office has the highest legal rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell — an AV Preeminent rating. Call 435-986-2222 to schedule a free consultation at the Truman Law Firm P.C.
Read on to learn five strategies for taking photos of a crash scene
- Take Pictures That Show the Positions of Vehicle
Take wide-angle photos that show the positions of vehicles relative to one another, traffic signs, and the intersection, if applicable
- Take Photos of Skid Marks
Take close-up photos of skid marks. If the driver who caused your accident was speeding, pictures of skid marks may help your attorney prove negligence.
- Take Pictures of Property Damage
Photos of property damage can demonstrate the severity of the crash. They will also help your lawyer tie your property damage to the collision.
- Take Photos of Injuries
According to the American Automobile Association, medical records alone may not be enough to tie your injuries to the collision. Photos of your injuries immediately after the crash can further strengthen your claim.
- Activate Your Camera’s Timestamp Function
If your case goes to trial, your attorney may use timelines to demonstrate how the accident unfolded. Activating your timestamp function can help your lawyer establish the chronology of events.
If you were injured by a negligent driver, attorney Ronald W. Truman can gather evidence, interview witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. Mr. Truman graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Brigham Young University, and he has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Call 435-986-2222 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney in Utah.