You have likely heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Well, this saying is quite accurate if you’ve been involved in an accident, whether it is a car accident, slip and fall or trip and fall.
If you are injured in an accident and later decide to sue the other parties involved, oftentimes photographs of the scene or the vehicles involved will be crucial to proving your case.
For instance, if you tripped and fell because of a sidewalk crack, it is imperative that your attorney knows what the sidewalk looked like on the day you fell. Now, if you can’t take a photograph that very day, a photograph taken shortly thereafter (a day or two later) would also be helpful. The reason the photograph is helpful is that it shows the exact location where you fell. The photograph will also show the condition of the sidewalk on the day of your fall – this is extremely important information that will help to prove your case. The photograph, if taken properly, should show the height disparity in the sidewalk; again, this is extremely crucial to proving your case.
Also, if you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, make sure you take photographs of the damage to your car. The insurance companies involved will likely take photographs, but it is always helpful to take some yourself.
You may also want to take photographs of the physical injuries you or a family member has sustained. A photograph of the injury, for instance a scar, may also be crucial to proving the extent of the injuries sustained.
Finally, consider leaving a disposable camera in your vehicle’s glove compartment where it is readily available in the unlikely event that you or a loved one is injured in an accident.