You have just been involved in a car accident, and naturally, you feel shaken up. You try to get your bearings and figure out how the accident could have happened. You eventually realize that another motorist's careless behavior behind the wheel caused your accident.
Although taking notes following the crash is most likely not at the top of your to-do list, it is an incredibly important step for protecting your best interest long term. Here is a look at how to go about note-taking following a collision that has caused you to suffer injuries.
Write down details about the accident
For starters, you may want to write down step-by-step what happened leading up to the accident. Fundamental pieces of information that are critical to include in your notes are the date and time of the crash, who all were involved and who witnessed the collision. Make sure to get as much information regarding each person as possible such as names, addresses and phone numbers. You may also want to write down where the crash occurred.
The next important step in post-collision note taking is to write down what the weather conditions were like right before the crash took place. Was it snowing or raining, for example? You can also record any conversations that occurred right before the collision or even during or after it. Taking photos of the crash scene may further help to corroborate your story.
Write down details about your injuries
Writing down the types of injuries you suffered in the crash is also paramount following your collision. However, this is only half the battle. You may also benefit from making notes about how your injuries are affecting you. Are you battling depression, losing sleep, feeling anxious or suffering from mild discomfort as a result of your injuries? The more quickly you record these details, the more credible your accident records will be.
Your rights as an injury accident victim
If a fellow motorist caused you to suffer injuries due to his or her negligence behind the wheel, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against this individual, seeking damages. The notes you take following the accident may help you to successfully prove your case. A successful case might lead to a monetary award that may help you to address your hospital bills and other losses related to the collision.