Filing a car accident claim can be frustrating and confusing. However, there are some things you can do to make your claim stronger and ensure that you receive the highest compensation award possible in your case. Here are 4 types of documents that you absolutely must have, and how a car accident attorney can help you get these critical pieces of information together.
1. Accident Scene Photographs
While you’re on the scene of the accident, take as many photographs as you can. If you’re injured but another passenger is not, they may be able to take the photos. Take pictures of the accident from far away and close up, and take photos of the damages to your car in as much detail as possible. You can never have too many photos after a car crash.
2. A Report from the Police
Naturally, you’re going to be calling 911 or the police after a car accident. They will take statements from everyone involved and create a police report based on the statements and their own observations at the scene of the accident. It may take a couple weeks for the police to create this report, but it’s important that you obtain a copy of it. When it’s finished, ask to be mailed a copy or go to the station and pick up a copy yourself.
3. Statements from Witnesses
If you are able to after the accident, get the contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Ask them to write down what they saw, or to give their statement to the police if they haven’t already. Witness statements can make a big difference in determining how the accident happened and who was at fault for the crash.
4. Your Complete Medical Records
It’s critical that you go to the hospital after an accident, even if you don’t think that you were injured badly. You’ll need to have tests done to confirm whether or not you were injured. Obtain copies of your medical records for every hospital or doctor’s visit you make in relation to the accident, including records of any money you spend on medications, physical therapy, etc.
These documents are crucial in a car accident case. They can help determine who is at fault, what the level of injury was, and how much you should be compensated for. At the Sarkisian Law Offices, we can help you gather these important pieces of information while you focus on healing. We’ll advocate for you to receive the full and fair compensation you deserve for the damages you incurred from the accident. Call now for a consultation at 219-733-8904.