The moments following a car wreck can be frightening and confusing. Through years of working closely with accident victims from Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista, personal injury attorney Zev Rubinstein knows that recalling all the details of a traumatic experience can be challenging.
Taking thorough, detailed notes while still at the scene of your car or truck accident can help you and your case.
Before doing anything else after a wreck, you should first make sure everyone is okay and seek medical attention if necessary. Next, document the details. Use your phone’s camera to start capturing images of the accident. Get pictures of all the involved vehicles from multiple angles.
Then, you should write down notes. These notes can be an invaluable resource later in court, once time has passed and your recollection of events has waned. Your notes should answer questions such as:
- How did the accident occur?
- What were you doing at the moment of the accident?
- Was the other driver distracted?
- Were other factors involved, such as weather or road conditions?
- What was the time and location of the accident?
- What is the contact information for everyone involved?
- What is your full account of the accident? What did you see and hear? How did you feel?
- How did witnesses perceive the accident?
Once you have captured your initial reactions to the wreck, follow up later to answer these questions:
- How did you feel in the hours and days following the accident?
- Have you experienced any pain, injury, anxiety of loss of sleep?
- Has the accident been responsible for you missing work, meetings, class, vacation or social events?
- What expenses have you accrued as a result from the accident? Be sure to keep all documentation whenever possible.
If you’ve been involved in a wreck in the San Marcos, Oceanside or Vista areas, contact our personal injury attorney today by completing the form on this page or calling (855) 365-9955 today to schedule a consultation.