What To Do In A Car Accident: Step 2 – Take Notes

It’s important to know what to do when you’re in a car accident. Responding in the correct manner can make the difference in your ability to protect yourself and those in your vehicle if legal action is taken either by you or the other party.

In our previous post cover the first step we discussed how and when to seek medical attention when finding yourself in a traffic accident. You can read the full post about seeking medical attention here.

Take Notes Regarding the Car Accident

One of the first things you should do after a Folsom car accident is write down everything you remember about the accident, including your injuries, emotional distress, effect the accident has had on your day to day life, and out of pocket costs.  These notes, whether in the form of a diary or otherwise, can be very useful down the road when you and your personal injury attorney are pursuing an action for damages.  Plus, our memories can fail us as time passes, so the more you document about your accident in Folsom and the after effects, the better.

Take notes on the accident.  Include the “who, what, when, where and why” of the car accident.  Try to write down details related to time of day, weather, who you were with, where you were going, location of the accident in Folsom, and so on.

Document your injuries.  Make notes of your daily pains and discomforts.  This can include anxiety, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, nightmares, loss of memory, headaches, and so on.  If you do not note them early on, you may forget to claim them later.

Document any economic or wage losses you incur as a result of the injury.  For example, if you have to take time off work, write day how many days you take off, and note your work hours, income, and any other economic losses you suffer.

After taking your notes it’s important to contact an attorney. We cover the things to look out for and what makes a good attorney for car accidents. Click here to read about contacting a lawyer.

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