As the old saying goes: a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of personal injury law, it’s absolutely right.

These days, most people have a smartphone equipped with a powerful camera. In the event of an accident, such as a motor vehicle collision, your smartphone’s camera can be an extremely useful tool for collecting compelling evidence for your personal injury case.

Uses for Your Smartphone

Before smartphones, motorists involved in car crashes were generally limited to exchanging information on paper. Evidence, such as police reports and witness accounts, was collected by police officers who prepared written reports. When photos were taken, they were usually gathered by police officers, accident investigators, and insurance companies.

Today, gathering these critical pieces of evidence can be done by the individuals involved in the accident moments after the accident occurs. Obviously, it’s critical to obtain medical help immediately after an accident. If you’re capable of taking photos and gathering other evidence without risking your health, however, there are several things you can do to help your case.

Record Your Observations

Many smartphones have the capability to record sound, including speech. Take advantage of this function to record your observations of the accident, including weather conditions, traffic patterns, your injuries, and the damage to all vehicles involved. Some phones even allow the user to record dialogue over a video.

Take a Lot of Photos

Take photos of the accident, your injuries, and the entire scene. Try to capture where the accident began as well as where it ended. Photograph your vehicle, the other vehicle, tire marks, road signs, and the scene from a variety of angles. When photographing injuries, keep in mind that injuries such as bruises tend to darken over time. Document your injuries for several days after the accident. You can also use your phone’s camera to take pictures of the other driver’s name, address, and insurance information.

Gather Witness Statements

If your phone has a tool that allows you to input text, you can gather the statements of any eyewitnesses. The human memory degrades quickly, so it’s ideal to capture a person’s observations as closely as possible to the time of the accident. Be sure to write down the name, address, and other contact information of any witnesses.

Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured, it’s important to speak to a Colorado personal injury attorney right away. The attorneys at the Klibaner Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Call the office today at (303) 863-1445 to speak to an attorney about your case.

This website has been prepared by Klibaner Law Firm for informational purposes only and does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice from an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction.