After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed with all the paperwork and steps to take after the accident. Between seeking the medical attention you need, attending to any property damage, filing an insurance claim and more, you may be unsure of what you need to keep throughout the duration of the legal process.
Steps to take immediately following an accident
In the moments after an accident, you may need to prioritize seeking immediate medical attention to assess the severity of your injuries. Whether you can take the following steps immediately after your accident or in the days to follow, consider taking pictures of the accident scene, collecting witness accounts, writing down the events that led up to the accident and filing an insurance claim with the appropriate insurer.
Documents to preserve to support your claim
Preserving anything that documents your injuries, the accident, your interactions with the insurance company and more are critical. Thorough documentation can assist in pursuing the full amount of damages or compensation that you deserve after an accident on the roadways of the Great Land. This can help to recover financial relief for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Documents to preserve include:
- Medical records and expenses. Keep your medical expenses organized and preserved to show the extent of hospital visits, surgeries, prescriptions and more.
- Police reports. It can be critical to obtain the responding officer's account of the crash. You can obtain this through the Municipality of Anchorage's website.
- Pictures or video from the accident. If you or a passenger took pictures or video of the accident scene, this can assist in potentially determining fault.
- A journal of your account. Keep a detailed journal of what you recall leading up to the accident, events after the accident and the extent of your injuries.
- Any other applicable financial records. If your car suffered extensive property damage, keep these records to show the financial setbacks you endured.
After you file an insurance claim to take legal action for the injuries you suffered, retaining all of this information can greatly aid your case. Any documentation supporting your injuries, pain and suffering, cause of the accident and more can all corroborate your account of events and seek the compensation you are due.