What type of records and receipts should I keep for a car accident case? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

If you’ve been involved in a car accident and are considering pursuing a personal injury claim or seeking compensation for damages, it’s crucial to maintain organized and thorough records and receipts. These documents serve as crucial evidence to support your case and can help ensure you receive fair compensation. Here’s a comprehensive list of the types of records and receipts you should keep for a car accident case:

Accident Report

Obtain a copy of the accident report filed by law enforcement officers at the scene. This document contains important details about the accident, including the names of the parties involved, witness statements, and the officer’s assessment of fault.

Medical Records

Maintain all medical records related to your injuries. This includes hospital records, doctor’s notes, diagnostic test results, medication prescriptions, and receipts for medical expenses. These records provide evidence of your injuries, the treatment you received, and the associated costs.

Photographs and Videos

Take and keep photographs or videos of the accident scene, damage to vehicles, injuries, road conditions, traffic signals, and any other relevant visual evidence. Visual documentation can be invaluable in reconstructing the accident and demonstrating its severity.

Vehicle Information

Keep records related to your vehicle, including the make, model, year, registration information, and maintenance records. If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, save receipts for repairs or replacements.

Insurance Information

Maintain copies of your auto insurance policy, the insurance information of the other parties involved in the accident, and correspondence with insurance companies. This includes any settlement offers, denials, or communication regarding the claim.

Witness Information

Collect the names, contact information, and statements of any witnesses to the accident. Witness testimony can corroborate your account of the events and strengthen your case.

Proof of Lost Wages

If the accident caused you to miss work or resulted in reduced income, keep records that show your lost wages. This can include pay stubs, employer statements, tax returns, or a letter from your employer verifying lost income.

Receipts for Expenses

Save receipts for any out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident or your injuries. This may include transportation costs to medical appointments, prescription medications, medical equipment, or home modifications required due to your injuries.

Rehabilitation and Therapy Records

If you require rehabilitation or physical therapy as part of your recovery, maintain records of these treatments, including receipts and progress reports.

Journal or Diary

Keep a journal or diary documenting your injuries, pain levels, medical appointments, and how the accident has affected your daily life. This personal record can help convey the emotional and physical impact of the accident.

Correspondence and Notes

Organize any correspondence related to the accident, such as letters or emails with insurance adjusters, medical professionals, or attorneys. Additionally, keep notes of conversations, phone calls, and any relevant details discussed during these interactions.

Proof of Pain and Suffering

Gather evidence related to your pain and suffering, such as photographs of visible injuries, statements from loved ones regarding your emotional state, and records of counseling or therapy sessions to address psychological distress resulting from the accident.

By maintaining these records and receipts, you’ll be well-prepared to build a strong case and demonstrate the extent of your injuries, damages, and financial losses. Consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that you have all the necessary documentation to pursue your car accident case effectively.