Car accidents are a common occurrence on New Jersey roads, and they can happen to anyone at any time. One of the most important things you need to do after being in a car crash caused by another party is to thoroughly document your injuries should you need to seek compensation.
Seek medical attention
The first step is to seek medical attention. Even if you feel fine, getting checked out by a medical professional can reveal injuries, such as whiplash, that may not show symptoms for several days or even weeks after the incident. A medical professional will be able to diagnose and treat any injuries while providing a paper trail of your health issues due to the crash.
Keep a journal
After seeking medical attention, keep a journal of your injuries and symptoms. Write down the date, time and location of the accident, as well as any symptoms you are experiencing. Keep track of your medical appointments, treatments and medications, and note any changes in your condition.
Take photos and videos
Take photos and videos of injuries as soon as possible after the motor vehicle accident. A smartphone is useful for taking clear, detailed photos of any visible injuries, such as cuts, bruises or scrapes. Make sure to take photos from different angles, and include any areas of your body that may be injured.
Keep medical records
Keep all medical records related to your injuries. Having a file of your medical bills, doctor’s notes and any other documents related to your treatment will help recreate the incident at a later date for insurance providers or a court. Make sure to keep these records in a safe place, such as a file folder or binder.
Get a copy of the police report
If the police were called to the scene of the accident, be sure to secure a copy of the police report. The police report will provide important details about the accident, including the date, time and location of the accident, as well as the names and contact information of any witnesses.