• Dec
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    How to Document a Car Accident

    Being in a car accident is one of the most unnerving, upsetting experiences you can go through. Even if you’re not injured, the shock and fear can stay with you for a very long time, and if you are hurt then the situation is that much worse. In the rush of adrenaline and confusion that follows, it is easy to lose your focus and forget key bits of information that you’ll need later if you need to file a claim or personal injury lawsuit. We recommend that you start keeping a journal of anything that happens or that you remember about the accident as soon after the incident as possible. In order to help you get organized, we’ve also assembled the list below to tell you what records you will need in order to document a car accident.

    • Police Report – If anybody has been injured in your car accident, you should first call emergency services. Following that, the most important call should be to the police. Upon their arrival, the officer will write up an incident report that contains all of the essential information that your insurance company or attorney will need. This information includes all of the identifying information about all drivers involved; witness statements; the officer’s observations regarding blame and circumstances. Though in some circumstances the officer will provide you with a copy of their report on the spot, in many cases you will have to go to their barracks or precinct to request a copy.  To help expedite getting that copy, make sure that you jot down the officer’s name and badge number before they leave the scene of the car accident.
    • Medical Records – If you or anybody else in your vehicle was injured, then you need to seek medical attention and keep records of every appointment, service and expense that resulted. You will need to be able to provide information about any diagnoses or treatments that you received, what medications or medical devices you were prescribed, and how much you spent or were billed for each item. If you did not keep these records, you should be able to get copies from your medical provider, pharmacy, or insurer.
    • Records Showing Lost Wages – If your accident resulted in you having to miss any work, then your claim should include lost wages. In order to prove what you’re owed, you will need to be able to demonstrate how much you earned prior to the accident. The best way to do this is through paycheck stubs.
    • Property Damage Information – If your vehicle or any other property was damaged as a result of the accident, then you need receipts to prove the cost of repairs or replacement.

    If you’ve been in a car accident and need legal guidance, contact our office today to set up a free consultation.

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