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How to document evidence of your car accident injuries

Car accidents can be disorienting and often traumatic. If you recently got into an accident, your injuries and associated costs are likely worrying you. The thought of paying your rising medical bills on your own is concerning. How do you get reimbursed? What should you do next?

Before you meet with an attorney or talk to the insurance company, it is important to document your personal injury expenses. Below is a guide to collecting necessary evidence to move forward with an insurance claim or injury lawsuit.


Pictures are great for documenting the collision itself and your injuries. Get photos of:

  • Car damage
  • Accident location, including street signs, stop signs or traffic lights
  • Your injuries
  • Pictures of yourself before the injuries

If you did not get photos at the scene of the accident, take pictures of your property damage and injuries now.

Medical records

Save any correspondence you have with any medical professional who provided care or treatment. Gather receipts for co-payments, prescriptions and any costs for procedures. You should also document any travel expenses related to medical appointments.

Lost income

If your injuries have caused you to take time off from work, you could be compensated for the income you have missed. Gather any bank statements or pay stubs of your previous earnings to prove what you have been prevented from earning since the accident.

Journal entries

A car crash can affect your life in ways that cannot be documented by photographs or medical records alone. Writing down your daily thoughts and experiences is important for getting compensated for the full extent of your injuries. Include precise details about the daily pain you experience.

Pursuing the insurance and legal process after a car accident can be intimidating, but you can take steps to be prepared. By collecting the above evidence, you can set yourself up for a smoother process and adequate reimbursement. Remember, before you talk to the insurance company, it is wise to talk to an attorney.

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