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Posted by: Rawa Law Group on 07/19/2017

Taking Notes After an Accident or Injury

Taking Notes After an Accident or Injury After a serious accident occurs, there are many steps that you may take to help preserve evidence. Physical evidence is very important for when you take your matters to court to prove how an accident happened and who could be at fault. When the accident occurs and you have made sure that there are no life-threatening injuries, you may wonder what you can do next. One useful tip may include taking good photographs of the accident scene to demonstrate to the courts exactly what happened and how serious it was. But what other steps can you take? What is most important? Find out how taking notes specifically regarding the accident can help you in the long run.

Why do we take notes after an accident? It may take many months to get into the courtroom with your case, and by that time you may not remember everything completely, which is why you should be taking notes about every important detail possible. Two, six, ten, or more months in the future when you end up in the courtroom you will have a great idea of what you want to say and portray to the judge or jury.

These notes can serve as an important way to make a final demand for compensation when you can prove the effect that the injuries have had on your life.

What Should I Write Down?

After an accident, it is important to keep many things in mind such as what you see, what you hear, what you say, and what you do. You must be able to not only assess these questions, but also collect all relating information and supporting evidence that you will need for the insurance claim. At the scene of the accident, you can collect the most vital evidence rather than later on. The scene will be cleared and witnesses will disappear from the scene, and so this is the most important time for you to take action. Here are some of the things you may include:

  • The at-fault driver’s full information, the information of their vehicle, insurance information, names and contact information of passengers, and statements made by anybody involved
  • Names of the paramedics and their information, names and badge numbers of the police officers, service or reference number of police report
  • The date, time of day, weather conditions, any damage to road signs or guardrails, and yourwritten version of the facts.
You should also remember that it is important to take notes at the emergency room if you have been injured. You may want to collect information like the address and telephone number of the hospital, names of the physicians who treat you, dosages of prescriptions, name of pharmacies, and contact information of the hospital’s records department.

Being proactive is everybody’s best bet in the event of an accident. One of the most important but little-known facts is that you should always carry a paper and pen with you just in case an accident does occur.

Nobody expects an accident – sometimes they just happen. You should always learn how to take good notes, acquire important documentation, and organize your paperwork to the best of your ability. For everything else, it is a good idea to have a personal injury law firm CA on your side to help you through every step of the process. Call RAWA Law Group today for more information on how to get started on your case.

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