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Documenting a car crash is incredibly important

Whether you're on your commute, headed to a party, or out on date night, a car accident is never expected. And in everything from the startling impact to the 911 call, the shock of the event can be overpowering. Your mind will race to the pain you feel and the worry about how it'll affect your life.

The first thing on your mind, and rightly so, is getting the medical attention that you need. But one thing that's important to remember, is documenting the scene. Should you be limping across the ground, trying to gather eyewitness accounts? Absolutely not. But when it comes to receiving compensation for your personal injury, the more documentation you have, the better.

What to gather to help with your personal injury case

First of all, it is okay to not have everything. Documenting a scene requires a degree of focus and being in a state of shock can certainly override that.

  • Witness statements: Depending on how busy the street was, it may be easier or harder to get a quantity of these. Having witnesses at the scene relay the information they saw can be a critical tool in a personal injury case. Especially if the other driver tries to lie their way out.
  • Photographs of the scene: You've heard the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words." While you can reiterate what you say and get others to confirm it, nothing tells the truth quite like a photograph. Get as many angles as you can, showing road signs and both cars.
  • Medical records: Medical records are pricey to get ahold of, but having evidence like that will provide documentation of the injuries you sustained. They can also take a while to receive, so be patient.
  • Medical bills: Overlapping with the previous one is the bills you had to pay. In this area especially, giving ballpark estimates doesn't lend to credibility. Showing the exact dollar and cent figure you had to fork over can be a tremendous help.
  • Work hours missed: While you heal, you probably can't work. But without the ability to make a living, your finances will likely suffer. Have your boss show the amount of time you missed at work and what the hourly wage is.

As you can see, there are a lot of potential documents to gather. Each one plays its part in establishing components of your life that the accident changed. While there is certainly effort that can be placed on your part, never underestimate the help that a legal professional can provide. The car accident has already given you an injury and stress. The legal process of getting compensated can be overwhelming for anyone going solo. It's okay to ask for help.

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