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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words to a Jury

Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices

The days are getting colder and shorter in Aurora and the Chicagoland area as winter descends upon us.  Before you rush out into dangerous winter traffic, remember accidents happen to all of us.

If you have been involved in an accident, don’t rely on your memory.  Commonly, in the aftermath of an accident, specifics about the accident and the moments after become blurry, and important details can be forgotten. Taking photographs immediately following an accident is an excellent way of documenting the facts surrounding the accident, as well as evidence of property damage and physical injuries.

When documenting an accident with photographs you will need to photograph something identifying the date and time, such as another individual’s cell phone, with the accident scene in the background. Take photos of the vehicles involved, preferably in the position they were in immediately following the accident. Take photos of the weather conditions, as well as the road conditions. Photograph any skid marks, broken glass, or vehicle parts on the road/in the surrounding area, and their position relative to the accident.  Photograph any stop lights, road signs, or traffic hazards. Photograph the license plate of any vehicle involved. Take detailed photographs of damage to all vehicles involved from all angles, both distant and close-up. Don’t forget to write down the insurance information of all drivers involved, as well as the names and contact information of any witnesses.

Photograph any visible injuries to any of the individuals involved.  Remember to photograph your injuries as they progress over the following days, including developing bruising and swelling.

Email the photographs to yourself, and save a copy to your computer as a backup copy.  Ideally, include a detailed written description of your recollection of the accident, written as soon as possible following the accident.

A picture truly is worth a thousand words.  The more thorough you are in documenting the incident with photos, the more evidence you will have to later demonstrate the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident, and which party is at fault.

If you have been the victim of an injury, contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans today at (866) 400-4450 for a free consultation.

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