We have all heard the expression, "a picture is worth a thousand words".
The significance and importance of photographic evidence can help to prove issues in a case that are needed in order to get the desired result. This fact has just played itself out in a Minnesota courtroom, where jurors were shown a 9-minute and 29-second video, which many legal experts believe was instrumental in helping the prosecution obtain a conviction in a criminal trial.
This graphic video allowed all that saw it to view firsthand what happened in vivid detail. It is highly doubtful that witnesses to the event could have testified in a way that would have had the impact that this photographic evidence did. Although this was a criminal trial, the same is true of civil cases involving personal injuries.
How it Can Help
Photographic evidence that helps to explain or establish facts that involve what happens to an injured party, how the accident occurred, how significant the injuries were that were suffered by a person, what parties were involved, what the circumstances were at the time of the accident, what factors played a role in causing the accident, what the sightlines were like, what the weather was like, whether or not there were lighting issues and if so what were they, how much snow and ice was present (if this was applicable), what type of hazards were present that may have caused or contributed to the accident, and a myriad of other factors that can be established with pictures or videos.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
It is very important that you contact an experienced Connecticut accident attorney if you have been injured in some type of accident because there are things that could be done to help preserve evidence and establish liability on the part of third parties. We have had cases where our private investigator goes out to the site of the accident to see if there were any video cameras on any of the buildings that would have shown what happened in the accident. Our private investigator has located businesses where these video cameras were located and he was able to obtain copies of the videotapes that show exactly what happened.
How a Private Investigator Can Help
In some of these cases, the work that was done by our private investigator helped establish liability in a case where it otherwise would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to prove the fault of another party because it would have come down to what one party said over what the other party said. We have settled a case where the injured party's insurance adjuster agreed to pay our client a significant amount of money based almost entirely upon the content of the videotape. The video is below. Photographic evidence, as has been discussed, can be very important in establishing facts needed to prove issues in a case.
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If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, you should contact one of our Connecticut injury lawyers at the earliest possible moment so we can attempt to get as much information, evidence and proof as soon as possible after the accident occurred. The more time that goes by, the more difficult it will be to get access to these videos- if they exist- because many times they are recorded over. It might be more difficult to interview witnesses because their recollection of what happened would fade over time. If there are other types of proof that can be obtained they would need to be collected as soon as possible to make it more relevant in showing what happened.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to our Connecticut injury attorneys to find out what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. This can help maximize the value of your injury case! We are happy to provide you with free information and advice. We will even give you free books which we have written to help you understand the process of your case! We also take these cases on a contingency fee basis so you do not have to come up with any money out of your own pocket. To learn more about what needs to be done, click here to contact us or call 888-244-5480 for a free case evaluation today.