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After a Truck Accident: 3 Important Pieces of Evidence You Must Secure as Soon as Possible

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It can be a troubling time being in a motor vehicle accident. It’s a stressful situation that no one ever wants to be in. The last thing you’re likely worried about is fault, but keeping a level head and remembering these three important pieces of evidence could make all the difference in the world when it comes to the legal side of things.

Police Reports

Before you can even consider seeking a semi truck accident lawyer, you should obtain the police report as soon as possible. This is because the police report will have statements from all parties involved, even eye witnesses, to generate the most accurate reflection of the scene at the time. The more time passes, the less accurate your memory gets, which can make it more difficult for you to establish fault and a claim.

In order to obtain a police report, you should contact your local law enforcement agency and be able to provide the date and location of the accidents, the names of the parties involved, and the name and badge number of the officer who arrived at the scene and took your statement.

Medical Records

If you were admitted to the hospital at any point after the accident, you should definitely obtain those and bring them with you as well. Medical records indicate that you experienced an injury of some kind and received treatment for it. If you can, get an itemized list of every part of your treatment in every phase of recovering from your injuries, including medications prescribed, recommended treatments, and any long-standing treatments you’re attending, like physical therapy.

Medical records cover anything from services provided in an emergency room such as X-rays and surgery that were performed to arrive at a diagnosis. Also make note of any care provided by specialists and whether you received psychological treatment (such as therapy) if you’ve become distressed from your accident.

Value of your Vehicle and Damage Estimates

Lastly, you shouldn’t forget to obtain records of the value of your vehicle at the time of the accident, and how much it will cost to repair or replace it altogether. Insurance companies usually handle this side of things, but you can take the matter into your own hands and seek out multiple estimates from different body shops so that you can get an average amount of how much it will cost to fix your vehicle. In the event that your vehicle was damaged beyond repair, then you can also receive fair market value for it before the accident occurred. Professional guidance always comes in handy to get it all sorted in no time. Click here for step-by-step information about what to do when involved in major traffic accidents.

Don’t let everything get to you when it comes to sorting out your legal affairs after a motor vehicle accident. It is an emotional point in your life, but it’s important that you manage them properly so that you can recoup from your losses. Lean on your friends and family when you need the emotional support and to help talk you through the next stage of the process so that you can recover, both physically and emotionally.

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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 20th November 2019.

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