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NEW YORK, NY, October 10, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Truck accident victims frequently wonder if they should have done anything differently. One of the most common questions: Should I take photographs at the scene of the accident?
The short answer is that photographs at the scene of a truck collision
can be extremely helpful to your case. All too often, by the time accident reports are filled out and witnesses are deposed, stories have been "massaged" to downplay or eliminate the culpability of the truck driver
. It becomes a concerted effort by an insurance company to avoid financial responsibility for the accident. Matters such as where in the intersection the impact occurred and the extent of the property damage can be extremely important to developing a strong case
for an injured plaintiff.
Photographs of the vehicles as they were positioned at the moment of impact can be very significant, especially when combined with the reports and testimony of accident reconstruction experts. Knowing exactly where the collision
occurred often tells the story of who was at fault. For instance, if the claim is based on a truck making an improper turn in front of oncoming traffic, it is essential to know where in the intersection the impact occurred. Photographs of the scene may also show skid marks which can be used to figure out the time and distance that a driver had to react. It may also establish the speeds of the vehicles involved.
Additionally, defendant truck drivers often downplay the severity of the impact, even when they are clearly at fault - such as a hit in the rear of a stopped vehicle, a pedestrian knock down or a negligent side-swipe. At-fault truck drivers will insist that they only tapped the victim's car or that they were barely accelerating at the time. Photographs of the damage as it appeared at the scene can dramatically contradict these claims by showing the damage to the vehicle and sometimes the crash debris in the street. This is very effective proof that juries often find very persuasive.
Photographs taken at the scene of an accident involving a truck in New York City
can be vital to proving a civil case. These pictures often support the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. People ask, "What should I try to photograph?" The answer is simple. Take as many photographs as possible, including photos of the scene, the area, street signs, traffic signals and signs, road markings like skid marks, debris in the road, the position of the vehicles involved, the property damage, license plates and any injuries.
Despite the importance of taking pictures, drivers involved in truck accidents should not lose sight of the most important thing: Truck crashes can cause serious injuries and sometimes even death
. If you are seriously injured at an accident and need immediate medical attention, you should not risk further injury by attempting to photograph the scene.
If you or someone you know has been the victim in aNew York City truck crash
, you need experienced and talented attorneys
who know how to win your case and get you everything you are entitled to under the law.
Block O'Toole & Murphy is one of the premier personal injury law firms in New York City. Our New York injury attorneys know the pain, devastation and uncertainty that follow a serious injury.
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