Tip # 2: Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The old saying that, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is never truer than in a personal injury claim. When you suffer injuries in a car accident, along with seeking immediate medical attention, one of the best things you can do is to take as many photographs of the scene of the accident as possible. You will also want to take photos to document your medical treatment and the impact your injuries have on your daily life.
Photos to Take at the Scene of the Accident
At the scene of the accident, you should try to take photos of:
- The damage to your car
- The damage to the other car
- Stop signs, traffic lights, and road signs
- Traffic and road conditions
- The other driver’s license plate, VIN, and insurance card
These photos can be used as important evidence in your personal injury claim. In addition, they can serve as a record of information you may have otherwise forgotten to collect in the aftermath of the collision.
Photos to Take After You Receive Medical Attention
Do not stop taking photos after you leave the scene of the accident. If you have been seriously injured, the consequences of the other driver’s negligence are just beginning. For purposes of your personal injury claim, you want to continue to document as much as possible. So, in addition to taking photos at the scene of the accident, you should also take pictures of:
- Your injuries
- The damage to your clothes and other personal items
- Your time in the hospital
- Your physiotherapy and rehabilitation
- Your cast, brace, crutches and bandages
- Your prescriptions and medications
- Any accommodations you need to make to account for your injuries
Photos of what you have been forced to endure as a result of someone else’s negligence can be powerful evidence to convince an insurance company to settle for maximum value or to convince a judge or jury to rule in your favour.
Instead of just submitting medical records or relying on medical testimony, by using photos to show – rather than tell – what you’ve endured, you can present a compelling argument for the largest possible settlement or verdict.
When in Doubt, Take a Photo
When you are hurt in a car accident, you can never have too many pictures documenting your injuries and how they have affected your life. Keep your phone handy, and snap a picture whenever something makes you think about the accident or your injuries.
Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer at McKiggan Hebert Lawyers Today
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident we want to help you fight for maximum compensation. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your case, contact McKiggan Hebert Lawyers today.