After a car accident, you may consider filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. No matter which option you choose, being properly prepared is critical to your success. You need to have a strong argument based on your injuries and concrete proof of property damage.
Although you may feel emotionally overwhelmed after the crash, you must keep a paper trail of documents to support your case. Having the proper documentation can bolster your claims and improve your chances of recovering your entitled compensation.
The following are the types of documents to collect after your car accident:
- Police report – If a police officer arrived at the scene of the accident, he or she most likely prepared a police report either at the scene or shortly afterward. To obtain a copy of the report, you need to contact the law enforcement agency that came to the scene.
- Medical records – Whether you have suffered a serious injury or had a doctor evaluate your health as a precautionary measure, make sure you obtain copies of medical information such as bills and records. Additionally, keep track of any medications prescribed as well.
- Vehicle damage valuations – Repairs to your vehicle can be covered by the insurance claim or lawsuit. You must determine how much your repairs will cost and the value of your vehicle prior to the collision. Auto body shops provide estimates of the damage.
- Proof of income – If you missed any time from work due to your car accident injury, you need to show how much income you lost by providing paycheck stubs, direct deposit records, or tip records.
- Journal – Unless you have extraordinary photographic memory, it is quite difficult to recall each import detail of every day. A journal helps you document each and every injury, determine the specific day and time you experienced symptoms, undermine false claims, and avoid memory issues.