Should I keep a car accident diary after I have been injured?
The only time most people think about a diary is when they were teenagers in middle school. The majority of Americans don’t think to keep a diary when they have a car or truck accident. A car accident diary is a recap of how the car or truck accident has affected your life from day one. It might be as little as missing a day of work or important things such as missing your child’s awards day at school.
A car accident diary should include details about the accident, conditions, and witnesses. You need to get the accident case number so you can obtain an accident report. Most people don’t think about these things at the time of a truck or car accident. You also need write things no matter how insignificant you think it might be such as your doctor’s appointments, when and how often you had to go. How the car or truck accident affected your day to day activities. You may be a very active person who exercises daily or coaches your daughter’s soccer team. It’s important to note every pain and ache you have. Your doctor may want to look at your notes, and make adjustments to your physical therapy routine.
What should I write in it?
- Your pain, how you feel.
- Your doctor’s appointments
- Notes from speaking with anyone relating to your accident (adjuster)
- If the accident has caused any issues with your day to day activities, write it down.
- Details about the car or truck accident (witness’s, case numbers, claim numbers, phone numbers)
Most people don’t think about a diary, especially when they have a car or truck accident.
Why you should keep one & how it can help your case
You keep a diary filled with information about how this car or truck accident has affected your life. When seeing your accident doctor make sure to keep notes of when you went. Use the diary to tell your doctor how you felt on Monday, where you have pains and limitations. If might even be a good idea to give your doctor a copy of the diary so it can be included in your medical records.
- You don’t have to remember how you felt on a particular day, months later
- It keeps a written account of how the accident has affected your life
- It’s easier to keep track of anything relating to your accident from speaking with your doctor, or the adjuster from the insurance company.
The information in your diary may help your attorney at the end of your personal injury case. Your accident attorney will be able to write a demand letter with notes that you have written in your car accident diary. The notes may not seem powerful to you, but it gives your attorney an overview of your injuries and how it affected your everyday life.
Make sure you make accurate diary entries
Diary’s are meant to be private, but a car accident diary may not be. Make sure the information you keep in your car or truck accident diary is accurate and truthful. It is possible if you have to go to court, the defendant’s attorney could request a copy through the discovery process. If they find any discrepancies, they could discredit all your entries and possibly your claim.
Keeping a car accident diary in no way harms your personal injury case. If you make accurate entries, it’s possible it could make your personal injury case more solid. If you have been involved in an auto accident make sure you see the doctor first. After you have been injured seeing the doctor first ensures your injury is documented and your injuries were a direct result of the car or truck accident