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What Should You Take Notes on After a Car Accident?

Posted on July 24th, 2019 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

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When you get into a car accident, you may be wondering what you should do so that you can have the information you need for a personal injury claim. Is it enough to go to a doctor and get a note after the accident happens? Can you simply call the other driver’s insurance company and submit your claim? Attorneys know car accidents can be devastating, but we encourage all  clients to do their best to take detailed notes after a car accident. You may be wondering, what good will taking notes be after an accident? Attorneys know that it is important to take notes right after the accident about the details leading up to the accident, what happened immediately following the accident, and your recovery process. For more information on what can help your personal injury claim after a car accident, please read the information below.

I want to get my personal injury claim over as soon as possible. Do I need to document my recovery?

There is no law that says you need to take any kind of notes after your car accident, but on many occasions, we have seen a victim in a car accident forget important details that could have helped their claim. If you aren’t sure whether it will help your personal injury claim or not, write it down. If you remember something you had not thought of earlier, write it down. You never know when something you think of might be the evidence you need.

What Your Notes Should Have

Two of the most important things you can write down in your notes are details about the accident and details about your injuries.

The Accident. The information leading up to the accident and after the accident is imperative. What did you see, hear, or feel immediately before the accident? Did you see the person who hit your car run through a red light? Did someone cut you off at an intersection? You should also take note of what the weather was like during your accident. Was the sun low and in your line of sight? Perhaps there was a sudden downpour making it hard to see the road. These are all important pieces of information for your accident claim.

Your Injuries. It is always important to take note of your injuries. If you go to the doctor’s office you may think you are off the hook for taking note of your injuries. However, not all injuries will present themselves immediately following your accident. Instead, track cuts, bruises, and headaches in the days following the accident. Your symptoms may get significantly worse than they were, even if you feel like your injuries are not as bad right after the accident.

Never downplay the importance of taking notes after an accident. The information you document could make a difference in the type and amount of compensation you get after your car accident. For more information on what you can take note of after your car accident and how a personal injury lawyer in New Haven County, CT can help, call a law firm now.

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