“A picture is worth a thousand words.” That expression can be especially true in auto accident cases. This article highlights a few of the areas where photographic evidence can be especially helpful, or damaging, if you’ve been involved in an auto accident case.
Photos of the Vehicles or Property Involved
Many people will take photos or video of the damage to their vehicle after a car accident, but what about the damage to the other vehicles involved? Insurance companies love to talk about how the damage shown in photos of the plaintiff’s vehicle is not that bad (even though there may be significant frame damage that is not evident in the photos) but they will ignore that the at fault driver’s vehicle was smashed or even totaled. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, don’t just take photos of your vehicle, but also take property damage photos of every vehicle involved and every other piece of property that was damaged, including buildings, jersey walls, utility poles, and sign posts.
Photos of Bodily Injury and Extraordinary Accommodations
Photos of your injuries and the progression of the healing of those injuries can help tell the story of your pain and suffering, so if you have injuries that can be photographed, take photos of them early and often. A photo of an atrophied arm or leg between castings can show how far a patient has come to recover from a fracture and is more compelling than just writing or talking about months of physical therapy that was necessary to regain flexibility and strength.
If your injuries require extraordinary accommodations because of your limitations, be sure to take photos of those accommodations. Sometimes people need ramps installed to get into their home, or they need to live on the main level of their house because they can’t get to their bedroom due to their injuries. Photos of such accommodations can also be useful when proving what you’ve been through to recover from your injuries.
Photos on Social Media
One of the areas where plaintiffs need to be particularly careful of photographic evidence is on social media. Users of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter like to put their best face forward and post their successes and fun times. However, those apps are fertile ground for defendants to find photos of vacations, sporting events, or other recreational activities that they will use to argue that you are not seriously injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident, be careful about the photos and events that you post on social media. Work with an experienced attorney immediately such as the Personal Injury Lawyer Lakewood CO locals trust.
Thanks to authors at Mintz Law Firm, LLC for insight into Personal Injury Law.