A car accident can lead to serious injuries and emotional trauma. These injuries can make it difficult to work, go to school, take care of your basic needs and participate in activities you enjoy.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2019 in the U.S., 36,096 people died in car crashes. If you survived a crash and are trying to obtain fair and compensation to cope with your injuries, there are several pieces of information you should gather.
After you see a physician following the car accident, obtain records from your physician that outline your collision injuries as well as what you paid for the medical care. These records should cover all phases of the care you receive, from your initial appointment to ongoing visits and therapeutic care to help you recover, like physical therapy.
The law enforcement official who came to the scene of the crash should have filed an official report about the accident. Contact the agency that came to the accident and get a copy of this report for your personal records.
Your personal account
As soon as possible after the car accident, write down what happened from your perspective. You should also maintain a journal about your recovery. On a daily basis, detail how your injuries affect your ability to do certain things and take note of the recovery process for your injuries. You should also provide detail about your mental and emotional health as you progress through the recovery period.