Injured in a Car Accident? Why the Photos You Take Are Critical

| Mar 28, 2015 | Firm News |


Being involved in a car accident is a frightening experience, even more so when serious injuries occur. Often, the vehicle repair and medical expenses associated with a collision are astronomical, leaving families in financial ruin.

You may be able to obtain compensation for the damages you’ve incurred, but in order to do so, it’s important to have a strong case. The photos you take after your accident can be one of the most helpful tools in accurately assessing the damage.

Here’s what you need to know:

Take Photos of Vehicle Damage

If you or your vehicle passengers were not critically injured in the car accident, consider getting out of the car after calling 911 and taking photos of the damage as soon as possible.

Getting photos of the car in situ, or before they are moved to the side of the road, can be extremely helpful when determining who may be at fault for the accident.

Also, take plenty of up-close photos of the damage to your vehicle. Mark each area of damage and take a photo of it far enough away that it can be determined where on the car the damage is located. Then, take another photo or two of the damage close up in order to show the extent of the damage.

These photos can be particularly helpful to your Indiana car accident lawyer when calculating how much your car accident claim is likely to be worth.

Take Photos of Injuries

Apart from the damage to your vehicle, it also may be helpful to your case to take photos of your injuries and/or the injuries of your passengers. Of course, if the injuries are very serious or you are incapacitated, this may not be possible, and that’s okay. However, if you are able to have photo documentation of any injuries, it can provide information as to how severe the injuries were at the time of the accident or shortly after.

You also may want to consider taking photos of your injuries as they heal in order to document your ongoing progress.

Contact an Indiana Car Accident Lawyer

Pursuing a car accident claim can be complex, and navigating the Indiana legal system is often overwhelming. By working with an experienced Indiana car accident lawyer, you can increase the chances that your case will be successful and that you will receive an adequate settlement.

At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we have the skills and experience to provide you with high-quality, comprehensive legal representation after a car accident. If you or a loved one have been harmed in a vehicle collision, don’t wait to get help. Call for a consultation at 219-733-8904.