Documenting Your Car Accident
Car accidents can be devastating. In the days immediately following a collision, your life can be consumed with medical concerns and car repairs. However, as all of this is going on, both your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company will be searching for evidence to bolster their case and protect their bottom line. It is important that you carefully document all of the damage and injuries resulting from your accident and send your evidence to your insurance company promptly.
Thorough documentation can help you get the compensation you deserve from your insurance company, and if you choose to file a personal injury suit, it can help you prove and recover the appropriate damages. Following are some tips for effectively documenting the damage and injuries resulting from your accident. A Danville car accident lawyer from Spiros Law, P.C. can help you utilize this evidence to hold all other parties financially accountable.
Take and Save Pictures
Pictures can be powerful evidence in a car accident case. They can show the extent of the damage and injuries, and they can also back up your account of the accident. It can be helpful to take pictures of:
- Your car
- The other driver’s car
- The site of the accident
- Your visible injuries, such as bruises and lacerations
These pictures will be especially useful if taken immediately after the collision, and if you took any pictures at that time, it is important that you save and hold onto them. However, if you did not think to take pictures in the moment, do not despair. It may still help to take pictures after the fact that confirm accounts you gave immediately after the accident. In any case, a lack of pictures will not necessarily sink your claim or lawsuit.
Obtain Medical Documentation
Regardless of how serious you perceive your injuries to be at the time, it is recommended that you see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident. Not only can your doctor discover serious injuries that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, but they can provide a credible, professional account to prove the extent of your injuries in an insurance claim or lawsuit. It is also important to ask for receipts after each doctor visit, as your insurance company may require these before covering any medical expenses.
Give Clear and Consistent Statements
After your accident, you will likely be asked for a statement by the police, your own insurance company, and the other driver’s insurance company. Your statement and the other driver’s statement, along with the police report and any witness statements, will form the basis for establishing what happened, and ultimately for establishing fault. It is important to give a clear account of how the accident occurred. The more descriptive you can be, the better. Remember that you are trying to prove that the other driver is at fault. If you remember details such as them driving at extreme speeds, report that. Moreover, you must take care to be consistent in your statements and not to say anything contradictory so that no other party has reason to question your honesty.
These steps can be helpful, but do not worry if you did not initially think to take all of them. Whatever amount of documentation you have, the Danville personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. know how to combine each piece to build you a stronger case. We will fight tirelessly for interests and increase your chances of success in an insurance claim or lawsuit. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident, document as much as possible, and call the Danville car accident lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today at (217) 443-4343.