The details of what happened before, during, and after a car accident can become harder to remember as time goes by. For this reason, taking notes after a car accident is strongly recommended so you don’t have to rely on your memory alone. What should you write about? How detailed should your notes be? Here’s what you should know:
Details of the Accident
Write down as much as you can remember about the accident as soon as possible, including the weather conditions, road hazards, location of the accident, and what happened right before the crash. If you remember any conversations that you had with the other driver or witnesses, summarize what was said.
Even basic information such as the date and time should be jotted down in case you forget these details in the future. You can never have too much information, so write down anything that pops into your head.
You may not know what injuries you have sustained immediately following the accident. But, if you’re experiencing any symptoms, write them down. Then, update your notes after you have visited a doctor for the first time. What tests did you have done? What were you diagnosed with? What were the doctors’ orders? Include all of this information within your notes and continue to add more as time goes on. Write about how your symptoms are progressing—are they becoming better or worse? If you have to go to the doctor for a follow-up visit or see a specialist, don’t forget to make a note of this in your journal.
Jot down notes that describe how your injury has affected your life. For example, if you were an avid runner but you broke your leg in a car accident, take notes about how this change has affected you both emotionally and physically.
The Insurance Company
Every conversation that you or your attorney have with the at-fault party’s insurance company should be summarized within your notes. Include the dates and times of each conversation, along with a brief summary of what was discussed. Even if your attorney is keeping his own record, it’s a good idea for both of you to have these notes in case one of you misses something.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact personal injury attorney James Rush at Rush Injury Law. The legal process can be confusing, but James Rush will guide you through it and help you reach the best possible outcome in your case. Contact our office by calling 415-897-4801 or filling out the online form on our website www.rushinjurylaw.com to request a free consultation.