Tips for Preserving Records After a McHenry County Car Accident

Car accidents can be devastating, particularly when they result in an injury. The victim’s life is upended for the rest of the day, and if the injuries are severe, they may need weeks or months for recovery. Some victims will never make a full recovery.

Severe injuries require ongoing care. An extended hospitalization, numerous surgeries, physical therapy and a variety of follow-up appointments all may be necessary. Most people have health insurance that will cover some of the expenses. If the accident was another driver’s fault, then their insurance also may help.

The victim also may be missing considerable time at work which makes it difficult to pay other bills like the mortgage and electricity. In cases like these, obtaining sufficient compensation is imperative.

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Obtaining Sufficient Compensation

Documentary evidence is an essential part of demonstrating to the court the scope of financial distress that a car accident has caused. Additionally, such evidence may show the physical and emotional toll that the accident has taken on the victim.

Gathering of evidence begins with the police report. It’s almost always advisable to call the police when you’re involved in an accident. This creates a thorough and impartial record of the event that can be used not only to substantiate the facts of the accident but also help to assign blame to the at-fault driver. If the police don’t show up at the scene of the accident, you may go to the local police station to file a report.

If you are able to at the scene of the accident, take photos of the scene from several angles. This shows damage to both cars, the road conditions and the overall setting of the accident. Any witnesses who may have stopped to offer help should be asked for their names and contact information so you or your attorney can contact them later if necessary.

Among the most important records that you can preserve are the ones that relate to your injuries. Comprehensive medical records demonstrate your diagnosis and the treatment you received. Be sure to keep copies of bills. Continue to keep copies of all of these records throughout the course of your treatment. This will create a more complete picture of the extent of your injuries and the costs involved in treating them.

Contact a McHenry County car accident attorney at FGM Law if you believe that you may have a claim against an at-fault driver.