Making the right decisions after a car accident can be the difference between years of frustration with insurance companies or a quick and successful resolution. The checklists below are meant to highlight the details that are most important to retain. Each Tampa auto accident case is different, but this list is a great place to start.
Involved in a Car Accident? Get These 8 Important Details
- Your driver’s license number, and car insurance policy number.
- Date and time that the auto accident occurred.
- Location of the auto accident.
- Weather conditions at the time of the collision.
- Names, driver’s license numbers, and car insurance company names of other drivers and passengers involved in the auto accident.
- Copy of the police report and any other accident reports filed.
- Copies of traffic tickets written at the accident scene.
- Whether or not a driver was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
In addition to accident details, it is imperative that all medical records are retained. In some cases medical treatment for injuries sustained in an accident can take several months, and involve multiple medical providers. Always keep an open line of communication with your attorney so they are aware of your treatment status.
In addition to keeping your attorney in the loop, it is very important to inform all of your medical providers that you were involved in an auto accident. In most situations MRI’s and/or X-rays will be taken of your injuries. Keep your records secure and obtain any images of areas that were injured or damaged prior to the accident. This will assist your attorney when assessing damages and ultimately filing a demand with the insurance company.
Personal Injury Details: Retain These for Your Attorney
Below is a list of documents and information that is imperative to retain and forward to your attorney after you have begun treatment for your injuries.
- Initial Physician’s report and any progress reports.
- Medical bills.
- Expenses for ongoing treatments or therapies.
- Number of days and wages lost from work due to the accident.
- Copies of correspondence between you and your insurance company that is related to the accident.
As previously mentioned, each case is different and presents its own unique set of circumstances. The lists provided in no way will guarantee a favorable outcome of your case, but it is a great place to start and will certainly help your attorney.