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You’ve Been in a Car Accident. What Information Will Your Attorney Need? Pt. 2

Give Your Attorney the Information They Need to Fight for Your Settlement

Following a car accident, there are a number of key documents you need to collect. Doing so can help your attorney establish a basis for an eventual settlement. In part one of this subject, we covered some of the most important information you can gather after a traffic accident. Those included:

  • Car and health insurance policies
  • Police reports from the accident scene
  • Traffic tickets related to your accident
  • Medical records or bills

These are the most basic legal documents that can assist your attorney in a personal injury case. But it’s not always easy to keep track of everything in the aftermath of an accident. I recommend you work with an attorney who has patience and understanding, who will help you track down and organize these documents.

A traffic accident can derail your life. You might miss work, lack transportation, and experience medical complications all at the same time. A personal injury settlement may be your only path back to normal, and a good personal injury attorney will fight to make sure that happens. Before they can help you, here are some more key documents you want to collect after a traffic accident:

Information exchanged at the scene of the car accident

In our part one of this topic, we talked about how important it is to obtain a copy of the official police report. Another piece of information that may be highly valuable is the contact information you exchanged with other drivers shortly after the accident occurred. In many cases, drivers will exchange information before a police officer ever arrives. This contact information and any other notes you take at the time may become important in the course of a personal injury case. So don’t dispose of it. Give it to your attorney.

On-scene photography

These days almost everyone has a phone with camera functionality. If you were able to take pictures of the accident’s aftermath, make these available to your personal injury attorney. Your vehicle was likely damaged in the accident, so take lots of clear photographs.

If you forgot to take photos, check with the insurance companies involved. They may have gathered photos for their own records. So, a representative of the insurance company will be able to supply these photos to your attorney with your permission. 

Official statements taken after the car accident

After a traffic accident, a representative from your car insurance agency may ask you to provide a statement about the accident. If they received such a statement, you have a right to receive a copy of it. Your personal injury attorney will need a copy of that statement. If you would rather not obtain a copy yourself, your attorney can get it for you.

Records of payment

As mentioned above, it’s possible that you have missed work as a result of the car accident. In many of these cases, attorneys can help their clients receive compensation for lost wages. To build your case, your attorney will need evidence of pre-accident earnings and post-accident earnings. These will help your attorney calculate damages and fight for a settlement that will offset the wages you missed out on as a result of the accident.

Contact an Attorney Who Will Guide You Through This Process.

If you have been in a car accident, the best thing you can do is contact an attorney right away. An experienced personal injury lawyer can walk you through what information is needed and help you understand your options.

To contact the Law Offices of Scott Pecher, call 636-530-1515 or reach out online. We can provide a free consultation to discuss the particulars of your case and tell you how we can help.

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