In the aftermath an accident, when you’re struggling with medical issues or other difficulties, keeping organized records may be the last thing on your mind. You may have so many other worries on your plate that you wind up losing track of various expenses related to your crash and other relevant evidence, such as contact information for witnesses.
However, thorough documentation is crucial for your case – and ultimately for your well-being. As Chattanooga personal injury attorneys, we urge you to keep organized, detailed records of everything related to your accident. Here are five reasons why:
- Insurance companies may deny claims or minimize compensation based on insufficient evidence. Maybe there’s no accident report on record. Maybe the company demands more evidence of the scope of your injuries or the extent of the damage to your vehicle. Don’t assume that if you’ve been happy with a particular insurance company so far, you can count on their flexibility or understanding in the future.
- If your accident leads to civil litigation, the evidence you’ve documented will be crucial in court, influencing the degree to which you’re found at fault and the amount of damages you should be rewarded.
- Keeping detailed documentation decreases the chances that you will get cheated out of the compensation you deserve by unscrupulous people. Although many people wouldn’t outright lie about an accident, there are enough dishonest individuals out there who would deliberately falsify an account of an accident. Your evidence arms you against them.
- The documentation allows you to revisit what happened later on – and then act on it in a timely way. In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may not be in the right state of mind to really consider what just happened. But if you or your loved ones at least make the effort to compile evidence, including taking photos of the scene, you can always review those later on when things calm down a little. They might show you things you overlooked right after the accident happened and give you a better sense of what the accident can wind up costing you, both in the short-term and long-term.
- Your attorney will be in a better position to help you. They’ll have everything they need to review your case, offer you advice and serve as your legal advocates.
When you contact us in the aftermath of an accident, we can discuss the issue of documentation and what records to keep track of; these include different kinds of bills, photos, contact information, and admissions of fault from any other parties involved. The more evidence you have, the better we can help you present a strong case.