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Taking Pictures After a Personal Injury Accident: What Needs to Be Recorded?

June 4, 2018

When you have a personal injury claim, you need to prove damages before you can recover any money. This is true whether you go to trial or gain an insurance settlement. And while reports and testimony form a critical part of your proof, pictures of the scene provide both critical evidence and immediate impact. The more clearly you can document your accident, the more your attorney will be able to help you.

How Pictures Help

In New Jersey, and in most states, you have a duty to move your car to the side of the road if possible after an accident. Right away, then, you are changing something about the scene. Similarly, if you are injured in a slip and fall or other accident, it may not take long for the scene where you are injured to change. If you take pictures, you can show the conditions that led to your injury. In addition, you can get immediate visual evidence of your condition, and your vehicle's damage in a car accident, that otherwise would depend on testimony and police reports after the fact.

What Pictures to Take

When you take pictures, more is better. You want to take pictures of the over-all and specific area where the accident occurred, as well as any physical damage to the area and, in an auto accident, to your vehicle. You should also take pictures if you can of any injuries. You should capture as many angles as you can, and note any signs or other guides that someone may have ignored or missed. The better you can do at documenting the scene and aftermath of the accident, the more effectively you can demonstrate both what happened and the damages you have suffered.

Anytime you are taking pictures of other people, you of course need permission. But the damage, the area, and anything else you can document will help you when you go to prove your case. After your accident, get all the pictures you can, and then contact Stern & Stern LLP to get the experienced representation you need.