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16

Mar

THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING PHOTOS AFTER AN ACCIDENT

The moments after a car accident can be truly terrifying, confusing, and frustrating. As you are waiting for the police to arrive and file a report, a million thoughts are racing through your brain. What will this cost you, how long will it take to heal if you’re hurt, how are you going to get to work now. You could also be in shock and are too confused and upset to think about anything. However, in these moments, there is one thing you should be thinking about and doing: taking photos of the accident.

If you are physically capable and the accident scene is safe and you can walk around, you should take photos of the accident.

 

We recently had a case where the photos made all the difference. The photos below are from that case. Every witness in the subject vehicle said that the client’s head restraint was in place prior to the accident, and that it was in the backseat immediately following the accident. It was our position that the head restraint came out during the accident. 

The Defense said that was not possible. They argued that either it was not in place before the accident, or someone took it out after the accident. 

These photographs support our theory by showing the location of the headrest immediately following the accident. 

headrest missing from driver seat in car accident

Car accident two photos showing headrest that came off Car accient two photos of smashed car

 

Why taking photos are important:

  • Photos can provide evidence regarding fault
    Photos that show the position of the cars, the point of impact, marks on the road, shots of traffic signs and more can all serve as evidence.
  • Photos prove physical damage to vehicles
    Getting your vehicle repaired can be costly, so the more photos your have of the damage to the vehicle, the harder it is for insurance to deny the claim.
  • Photos provide proof of your injuries
    If you can take photos of any injuries you may have sustained, this will help later on refute any insurance claims that the injury was pre-existing.
  • Photos help you remember important facts
    As stated above, you may be in a state of shock and your adrenaline is kicking in, so having photos may remind you of a witness that can help you, or other details you may forget in the moment.

Tips for taking accident scene photos:

  • Take photos from different angles
    Also use an object in each photo to give the photo a sense of scale.
  • Document weather, time and surroundings
    Make sure your photos show any weather that may have impacted the crash, if it was daytime or night, and other items surrounding the accident scene that may have impacted the accident.
  • Take photos immediately after the accident and later
    Make sure that as you are documenting injuries you continue to do so days after the accident as well, as their may be things that show up in the days following the accident.
  • Make sure you take a picture of the entire scene
    Stand back far enough that you can get the whole area in the photo.
  • Take photos of all vehicles that were involved
    Take photos from all angles and make sure you do close-up shots of the damage. It’s a good idea to also take a photo of the license plates and any debris around as well.
  • Make sure you take interior photos too including airbags, shattered glass, etc.
    Make sure you have photos of any deployed airbags, loose car parts, blood stains etc.
  • Take photos of property damage
    Take photos of the whole area, including close ups and skid marks.
  • Look for anything that might have contributed to the accident
    This includes damaged curbs, potholes, lights, etc.

 

If you are not able to take photos, see if someone else can. The other thing that is always good to do is to contact a personal injury attorney who can also gather evidence on your behalf. The sooner this happens the better, so evidence can be preserved.

If you or a loved one has found yourself in the situation of an accident, contact the Personal Injury attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. We are here to help, and we will fight for what’s right. 800-2-Habush (800-242-2874)

 

Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.

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