Most people don’t carry cameras around on a daily basis. However, most cell phones these days come equipped with a camera. This can be an invaluable tool if you’re involved in an accident, whether it is a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall.
If you are able to do so safely, at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to take pictures. Take pictures of where the cars ended up on the road, of the damage to your car, of any debris that fell off of or out of any of the cars involved, or of any skid marks you believe are from the accident. Police reports do not always contain this information and photographic evidence would be difficult for the defense to refute at a later date.
Likewise, if you have a slip and fall or a trip and fall accident, use your cell phone’s camera to take a picture of what caused you to fall. If there was liquid in the aisle of a grocery store – take a picture of the puddle. Whether or not the puddle was dirty or clear can have a big impact on liability in your case. If there is a large patch of black ice on an unsalted sidewalk that caused you to fall, take a picture. In fall down accidents, there are not always witnesses or someone available to document what just took place.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident, please contact me for a free consultation. If you had the forethought to take pictures on your cell phone, make sure you back those pictures up on a computer – they could be invaluable down the road.