Tip # 5: Document Damages to Your Car
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
If you’re like most people, after a car accident you will want – and in maybe even need – to have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. This is understandable, and it is generally ok take your car to get fixed right away. If you are considering filing a personal injury claim, the one thing you absolutely must do before you get your car fixed is to take plenty of pictures of the damage.
Taking Photos of Your Damaged Vehicle
When taking photos of your vehicle, you don’t need to be a professional photographer. You do need to take pictures that will help your case. So, take plenty – the more the better – and be sure to take shots close up, from far away, and from many different angles. No detail is too small, so you should take photos of your entire car even if you don’t think certain areas were damaged.
Once you have plenty of pictures, we recommend that you send copies to your attorney for safe keeping. Then, it is ok to go ahead and let your collision insurance carrier pay for the repairs to your damaged vehicle.
Why is it Important to Take Photos of the Damage to My Vehicle?
You may be wondering why it is important to take pictures of the damage if you are having your insurance company pay for the repairs. There are a few important reasons, and the most significant one actually does not relate directly to your vehicle damage claim.
When you are trying to convince the other driver’s insurance company, the judge, or the members of a jury that you are entitled to financial compensation, the most effective way to do this is to tell a story. In the case of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident, that story starts with the damage to your car.
Photos Tell the Story of Your Injuries
Now, in Tip # 2 we told you that a picture was worth a thousand words. So, when telling the story of how you suffered your injuries, the best way to do this through photographs of your vehicle’s damage. It is one thing for an insurance adjuster or a jury member to hear about a horrific vehicle collision. It is another thing altogether for them to see images of a crushed car with glass and debris strewn across a highway.
Contact McKiggan Hebert Lawyers about Your Nova Scotia Car Accident
At McKiggan Hebert Lawyers, we have decades of experience helping accident victims fight for just compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a Nova Scotia auto accident, our attorneys can help you win the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, please contact our office today.