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Why it Is Important to Take Pictures After a Car Accident

 Posted on February 21, 2019 in Car Accidents

Will County car accident attorneyA car accident is an overwhelming experience for most people. Many accident victims find that it is difficult to maintain rational thought following the crash, or even for days and weeks later. However, taking immediate action can make a difference between winning and losing a personal injury case. That is, the decisions you make can mean the difference between being compensated for your medical costs and being required to pay for them on your own. If your injuries are so severe that you are unable to complete any of the suggested tasks, your attorney can rush to the scene to gather any evidence available.

Why Photos and Videos Are So Important

Today, everyone has the potential to be a photographer due to the availability of camera technology on our smartphones. When it comes to a car accident, the camera may be the last feature you think of on your phone. However, after you contact the authorities and seek any necessary medical attention, use the camera and video function on your phone to capture photographic evidence of the scene. This compelling evidence can be used to demonstrate how the accident happened, who was at fault, any damages incurred, road conditions, and more. Most importantly, photographs can provide details of any injuries sustained and any negligence on the part of the other driver.

Capturing Helpful Evidence

As a general rule of thumb, it is better to have too many pictures than not to have enough, but it is essential to have the right images to build substantial evidence to support your case. Take as many pictures as you can, because you never know what evidence you may capture without realizing it. You should try to capture information about anything related to the accident, including photos from multiple angles. Suggested subjects include:

  • The vehicles involved
  • Any cars that stopped to offer assistance or immediate onlookers
  • Everyone at the scene
  • Weather conditions
  • Road conditions
  • Damaged objects, like street signs or trees
  • Skid marks
  • The inside of both vehicles
  • Debris and vehicle damage
  • Street signs, traffic signs, or traffic lights
  • Surrounding businesses

After Seeking Medical Help, Call a Joliet Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a Will County personal injury attorney immediately. The attorneys at McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC can advise you of the next steps, speak directly with the insurance companies and adjusters on your behalf, and aggressively defend your interests in court, helping you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call us today at 815-727-0100 to schedule your free consultation.




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