Travis County personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle advises taking photos in the aftermath of an accident as a way to protect your rights in a claim.
Accidents tend to happen suddenly and when you least expect them. While you may be injured and in shock in the aftermath, the actions you take during this time can impact your rights in a personal injury claim. If at all possible, taking photos at the accident or having a friend do it for you provides valuable evidence in your case.
Taking Photos at the Accident Scene
While commonly referred to as ‘accidents,’ personal injuries generally occur as the result of another’s reckless or negligent actions. Taking photos at the accident scene can help document important details about your case and can help to prove the injuries you suffered.
In the event of a car accident, use your smartphone to capture photos of the area surrounding the accident, any skid marks on the road, the damage to both the inside and exterior of your vehicle, your injuries, and the other car involved. I also recommend taking photos of the license plate, insurance card, driver’s license, and, with permission, the other driver. However, it is important to note that car crashes are not the only time you should pull out your camera. Use your phone, tablet, or other device to document the scene and your injuries in the following types of accidents as well:
- Commercial vehicle accidents;
- Collisions involving motorcycles or recreational vehicles;
- Slip, trip, and fall;
- In situations in which you are struck by or against an object;
- Cases involving animal bites or attacks,
- Injuries caused by defective products.
In any of these situations, it is important to capture photos that may provide clues as to how the accident happened, who may have been responsible, and how it resulted in your injuries.
How Accident Photos Impact Your Rights in a Claim
In the case of many different types of accidents resulting in personal injuries, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies operate the same as any other business, meaning their biggest concern is making a profit. If they can find a reason to deny, dispute, or otherwise undervalue your claim, they will.
While an insurance claims adjuster will be assigned to investigate your case, their time and resources are limited. Having your own photos taken immediately at the accident scene or soon after it occurred can help defend your rights in these claims.
Even if there is not a policy in place or your claim is denied, you may still be able to get compensation for your losses. Under Section 41.001 of the Texas Civil Remedies Code, you may be entitled to additional amounts in a personal injury lawsuit than you would otherwise be able to obtain through an insurer. In these cases, photos play a valuable role as evidence.
Contact Travis County Personal Injury Lawyer Stephen G. Nagle Today
When accidental injuries occur, Travis County personal injury lawyer Stephen G. Nagle is here to help you get the compensation you need to recover. To request a consultation to discuss your case, contact his Travis County office today.