Car accidents happen often, and chances are you will be involved in one at some point in your lifetime. Many car accidents result in injuries that can put you out of work for several months, require extensive medical care, and make your life much different than it used to be. Because a car accident can be devastating to life as you know it, you need to collect the right information in the aftermath to preserve your interests.
- Information of everyone involved—Right after the car accident, get the names, contact information, and insurance information of everyone involved in the crash, including witnesses. Do this after you make sure everyone is okay and no one is seriously injured.
- Pictures of the crash scene—With your cellphone, take pictures of the area surrounding the accident, the cars involved, and any debris that flew into the road.
- Your personal account—While the car accident is still fresh in your mind, write down what happened and how you reacted. Even within a few hours after the crash, the details about what happened could become fuzzy.
- Injuries you sustained—Write down any injuries you sustain, take pictures of any cuts and bruises, and record your recovery process day after day. You should also obtain medical records from your doctor for any care you receive related to an accident injury.
Store all of this information in a secure place you can access easily after the accident. We may ask for copies of this documentation when you talk to our attorneys about protecting your interests and securing fair and proper compensation for your injuries.