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Here's a crash course in writing down notes following a car wreck

You have just been involved in an accident that was somebody else's fault. Your first reaction is shock, followed by confusion regarding how the collision could have happened. Then, you feel pain set in.

Writing down exactly what took place in the accident is likely the farthest thing from your mind immediately following the car crash. However, the more quickly you take notes about the crash, the sooner you have a relatively accurate record of what took place instead of depending on your memory alone.

Tips for writing down notes following your accident

As soon as you know that you are in a safe spot, you can begin to write down everything you can about the crash. To help with this, you can view the collision as a sports play where you recount every step of the play from beginning to end, much as a sportscaster would.

When doing this, including details such as the date and time of the wreck is critical. Other information you may want to write down includes who was involved in the crash as well as who witnessed it. In addition, where did the collision take place?

Next, you can write down details related to the accident scene. For example, how was the weather at the time of the collision? It may also behoove you to record as many details as you can regarding all conversations that occurred following the accident.

Tips for writing down notes about your crash-related injuries

Writing down notes about the injuries you suffered in the crash is also paramount. Specifically, you can make a record of particular injuries you suffered and details about how they have affected you. However, in addition to detailing your physical injuries, you may want to explain whether you have consequently experienced depression, anxiety, mild discomfort and the loss of sleep if this applies to your situation. Any treatment you receive from a physician, a physical therapist or a counselor is also worth detailing following the collision.

Your rights following the accident

If a negligent driver caused you to suffer injuries in a car accident, it is within your rights to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury claim in a California civil court. A claim that is successfully fought may result in a monetary damage award, which may help you to cover your medical costs, the loss of wages and other losses resulting from the car crash.

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