Experiencing a car crash or other motor vehicle accident can feel overwhelming, frightening and even traumatic. After a personal injury incident, the most vital step is addressing your health and seeking medical attention.
Once emergency services help you with your immediate injuries, and you are in a stable situation, gathering as much information as possible becomes crucial to protect your legal and financial interests.
1. The police report
The police report should contain crucial information related to the accident, such as the location, date and time, names of those involved and their contact information. Sometimes the police report also contains diagrams or pictures of the accident and the officer’s initial determination of who was at fault.
2. Your medical records
Collect all records related to your injuries. Relevant documents include doctor’s notes, your patient chart, hospital bills, therapy notes and prescription information for medications plus any medical devices. These documents can prove the extent of the harm you experienced from the accident.
3. Photos of the accident and injuries
Capture photographs and videos of the accident scene and any injuries sustained. Remember to snap pictures of the damage to your car and any other vehicles involved. Take these images from multiple distances and angles so you can capture all details.
4. Related receipts and invoices
Gather all receipts and invoices related to the accident and keep them in a safe place. Such bills might include hospital expenses, towing fees, ambulance fees, rental car expenses, medical bills and invoices from your mechanic.
The documents and evidence you collect after a car accident can help with future personal injury litigation or insurance disputes.