It is understandably difficult to remember what to do after an automobile accident. People are injured, shaken up, in shock, and not always in a state to act rationally.
However, to the extent possible, there are a number of things to keep in mind in order to obtain the information needed to pursue a legal claim for injuries. These things include actions that should be taken at the scene of the accident and after the accident.
At the scene of the accident, the drivers should do the following:
Once you are safe, take the following steps to protect your right to an accident claim:
Failure to follow this checklist may not destroy the possibility of successfully pursuing a legal claim, but could adversely affect or impair the value of a case. It is important to try to keep a daily diary of difficulties completing the normal activities of daily living, such as performing chores, working, assisting in family obligations, etc. It is also important to document any time missed from work because of the accident. Days missed can be corroborated with a daily diary, notes from health care providers, or letters or records from employers. The amount of lost income depends on the amount you are earning, and paycheck stubs should be retained and provided as corroboration for your lost income damages.
The bottom line is document, document, document.
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