Tips for Taking Useful Pictures After a Car Accident
After being involved in a Florida car accident, one of the things you need to do is take pictures of the accident scene and the surrounding area, as long as you are in a condition that allows you to do so. The photos you take can help you prove liability and negligence on the side of the other driver after you file a lawsuit.
In Florida, after filing a personal injury lawsuit, a plaintiff bears the burden of proving to the court that their injury resulted from negligence and that the defendant was the one who acted negligently. One way for a plaintiff to confirm that the accident happened the way they claim it happened is by using pictures taken at the accident scene. Even in the case of comparative fault/negligence, you need to take photos after the accident, to ensure that the other party is held responsible for their share of negligence.
Taking pictures that you can use as evidence after an accident might seem like an easy thing to do, but if you are not careful, you might end up taking pictures that are inadmissible in court.
Because we understand the importance of pictures in personal injury cases, here are a few tips to help you take car accident photos to help you with your personal injury claim.
Tip 1: Capture Different Angles
Taking pictures from different angles is crucial because it helps you create a comprehensive view of the accident scene. Images taken from various angles easily create a story that can prove to the court that your narration of the incident is accurate. To capture different angles, try using panoramic views rather than getting close-ups.
Tip 2: Timestamp
Timestamp the photos so that they can be accepted as evidence. If you do not timestamp the pictures, the court might not accept them as evidence on the basis that one cannot be sure they were taken at the time you claim to have taken them. The timestamp feature is available on your phone. However, if you use a camera that does not automatically timestamp, you will need to turn on the feature manually.
Tip 3: Avoid Filters
Filters can affect the accuracy of the pictures. Therefore, avoid them when taking photos of an accident scene and the surrounding area.
Contact Our Lawyers for Assistance
After being involved in a car accident, and gathering as much evidence as you can, you need to consult a qualified lawyer who can help you ensure the evidence you have collected will be admissible in court and file a successful claim. The Jacksonville personal injury attorneys at the Pendas Law Firm are willing to help accident victims evaluate evidence, and potential lawsuits. At The Pendas Law Firm, we aggressively strive to help plaintiffs file successful claims and receive the settlement they deserve. You can trust us to stand with you from the onset of your case, to the end. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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