After an auto accident, the most important step is to make sure you receive full and prompt medical attention. If you or one of your passengers is physically able, it is imperative to document as much of the crash as possible; doing so will greatly assist your car accident attorney with building a solid auto accident personal injury case against the negligent driver who caused the crash.
During the hectic time following an accident, you may not consider what is important to document or how to do so. The following list can be used to make sure you cover all of your legal bases:
It may seem like an obvious step, but in the frenzy of an accident, a verbal exchange of important information—name, address, phone number, insurance information, car details—may be forgotten. Writing down the pertinent information will ensure you are able to recall it later.
As time passes, memories fade and, with them, crucial accident details. However, if you take as many pictures as possible at the scene, they will be able to help determine fault and damages more easily and accurately than a verbal or written description. Make use of your cell phone’s photographic capabilities or keep a disposable camera in your vehicle for such an occasion.
Journal Your Recollection
If possible, find time soon after the crash to write down your recollection of the events leading up to and during the accident. The more details you are able to include the better substantiated your case will be. Then, on a daily bases, keep a journal about your pain, suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of enjoyment of life, and the nature, duration and extent of your injuries.
In addition to your written account of the accident and the pictures of the scene, you will want to find neutral witnesses to confirm your version of the events. These eye-witnesses are invaluable to your auto accident personal injury case during a possible court hearing.
Contact Our Experienced New Mexico Auto Accident Attorneys
If you have been involved in a car accident and sustained injuries, contact The Waggoner Legal Group. We have over 75 combined years of experience fighting for compensation for the personal injuries of auto accident victims and have collected millions of dollars for our clients to help compensate them for their damages, injuries and losses. Our network of auto accident attorneys are here to listen to you and evaluate your case, gather the evidence to support and win your case, and, most importantly, fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Call (505) 750-2992 (local) or (888) 652-8639 (toll free) today to discuss your case with one of our auto accident attorneys!