Top Mistakes Personal Injury Clients Make Series Part Three: Not Gathering or Keeping Evidence
A picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine that a friend tells you that they were severely injured in a car accident. Your friend says it was so bad, she had a huge bruise across her chest from the seatbelt. Her kneecaps were swollen and purple after they collided with the dashboard. Her driver’s side car door was crunched in.
Can you picture her injuries? Can you see the dents in her car? Of course you can.
But imagine if she showed you the pictures that she took of her cuts and bruises after the accident. You can now see the angry welts across her chest. The bruises on her knees are the color of an eggplant and the size of a fist. Her car door has been bent in half and you can see the blue paint peeling off of the side.
What is more effective in helping you understand the accident and your friend’s pain? The pictures.
Pictures tell a story. They communicate with the person who sees them. Pictures cause emotions, bring back memories, and can connect people with similar experiences. They are invaluable, especially to a personal injury case.
If you are injured in a car accident, one of the most important things for you to do is to take pictures of your car, the other driver’s car, the scene, and any injuries that you have. You will need these pictures to communicate what happened to you to a jury. By the time you get to trial many months later, your car will be fixed. Your injuries may be visibly resolved. You can tell the jury was happened, but it is much more effective if you can show them what happened to you.
Even if you feel as though the damage to your car and your body is not that bad, still take the pictures and videos. Once the opportunity is lost, it is lost forever, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.