Were you or a family member involved in a motor vehicle accident? Keeping good records afterward is in your best interests, especially if you plan to pursue financial compensation for damages. Here’s what you should know.
A Notebook Is a Good Post-Collision Investment
It’s hard to trust the human memory as authoritative evidence after a motor vehicle accident. As more time passes after the collision, it’s often more difficult to accurately remember how the accident happened. Keeping a journal of accident details can help you draw on them again when necessary, even if your memory isn’t clear.
What Needs to Have a Written Record?
Be sure to write down the following in your journal or notebook as soon as possible after the collision:
Any Details You Remember Related to the Accident
Following the accident, you should record all the facts you are able to recall. Note what each party involved in the crash were doing before and after the accident, and include as many details as you can remember about how the motor vehicle accident unfolded.
Exchanges You Had With Others At the Site of the Crash
Did you discuss the accident with law enforcement or witnesses afterward? Write down what you and/or the other people you talked to said from your own perspective. It can help your case significantly to have a written record of these conversations in addition to the report issued by police.
An Injury Recovery Timeline
Write notes about your injuries and recovery. Make sure you record how you feel each day, both physically in regards to your injuries and mentally. If you want to pursue financial compensation, having a realistic picture of how you suffered physically and psychologically after the accident is powerful evidence.
Estimated Accident Costs
If you’ve had to pay for medications or have been sent bills from your doctor or a hospital after a motor vehicle accident, it’s very important that you keep records of these expenses. Keep your payment receipts and notes secure at all times.
When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney After a Devastating Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident is a life-changing experience. It’s important that you work with a seasoned personal injury attorney to secure the full and fair compensation you deserve after an accident. Get more information about working with a lawyer after a car crash by calling our office now at (770) 703-6008 (Local) or toll-free at (800) 393-8595.