After you’ve been involved in an auto accident, gathering the necessary documentation and evidence can be daunting, especially if you’re recovering from an injury. With your physical recovery, it can be challenging to find the time to identify, gather and sort all of the items that you need to successfully present your case in a court of law. However, you’ll thank yourself later for taking the time to save a number of key items that will help your auto accident attorney formulate a solid, strategic plan that will yield results when your case goes to trial. In this post, we’re going to look at three essential items that you’ll want to round up after you’ve been in a car accident.
1. Relevant photographs
As soon as possible, take photographs of everything relating to the incident. Most importantly, document your injuries, the scene of the auto accident and any damage that was done to your vehicle. Verbal descriptions are always open to interpretation. Your lawyer can use your photographs to show the jury exactly what happened without leaving any room for semantic arguments.
2. Expense receipts
In Michigan, your car insurance company is required to pay for any medical expenses resulting from your auto accident. However, it’s up to you to thoroughly document your expenses. Be certain to save your receipts for medical expenses, mileage and “replacement services” (or when people help you around the house due to your injuries). Be aware that if friends or family members are assisting you with nursing type services, they could be entitled to attendant care benefits. Keep track of all time carefully.
3. Insurance documents
After your accident, your mailbox will undoubtedly be flooded with paperwork. As a rule, it’s better to have too much than too little, so save everything. When you hire your auto accident lawyer, they’ll need to review any documents that you’ve received from your insurance company in order to make your case.
At Giffels Law, we represent Michigan auto accident victims. We don’t represent insurance companies, as we believe that our focus is best directed at helping people recover and restore their lives after these traumatic events. If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, call us today to schedule a consultation.