Car accidents typically happen without any warning or enough time to avoid them. Because of this, victims are often dazed and unsure of what to do in the aftermath of a crash.
While there are many articles out there that detail what to do after a car accident, including this one from Edmunds, it is also important to keep accurate, comprehensive records. Doing so can help you stay organized, and these records make it easier to pursue compensation if you decide to file a legal claim. Below are four types of records that you will want to be sure you keep after a crash.
- Your medical expenses – Keep track of all your doctor’s visits, your injuries, your medications and the tests you must take. If you have to travel for care, make sure you record these expenses, as well as any special equipment, counseling or assistance you require as a result of the accident.
- Missed work days – If you miss work because of the accident, doctor visits or your injuries, record this time. This can be crucial in pursuing compensation for lost wages.
- The damage done to your vehicle – Take pictures of your car and keep copies of the estimates you receive to repair your car. If you need a replacement or rental vehicle as a result of the damage to your car, keep track of these expenses as well.
- Accident scene information – Photos, videos and written records of what happened at the time of the accident are all crucial details, so it is important to document them. Note the time of day, the weather and road conditions, actions of the other driver and any witnesses that may have been present.
This can sound like a lot of information to keep track of, especially when you are also talking to insurance agents, trying to get your car fixed and managing painful injuries. However, it can be vital in a legal claim if you decide to pursue compensation, so do your best to retain copies of bills and document your experiences. An attorney can then help you sort through the information and organize it in order to build a claim.