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What to Write in Your Car Accident Journal

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If you have ever contacted car accident lawyers or searched online for what to do in the immediate aftermath of an accident, then you most likely know that keeping a car accident journal is one of the most important things to do after an accident. However, the word “journal” seems to have the effect that whatever you are doing is formal and that it should follow a particular format. This is not true! A car accident journal is like a diary. It is your record of what happened, how it happened, and how it has affected you since.

The journal will help you recollect what happened in the accident. It will also help your car accident lawyers and the judge assess the extent of the physical and emotional injuries you suffered as a result of the accident.

Here are some tips on what to include and not to include in a car accident journal:

  1. The accident: Begin your car accident journal by noting everything you remember about the accident. Describe where you were going, what happened, how it happened, and what was said after the accident. Note the weather and road conditions. If the other car driver said anything, take note of that, too. If there were any witnesses, also note what they said and write down all their contact details.
  2. The aftermath: You basically want to note every way that the accident has affected your life. You should include:
  • A record of your hospital visits and physician appointments
  • A record of the prescriptions drugs you are taking to treat your injuries (the antidepressants, painkillers and so on)
  • The number of surgeries, if any, that you might have received
  • Your physician’s comments on your injuries; your emotional, mental and physical state
  • The amount of pain (on a scale of 1- 10) you feel on a daily basis.
  1. Daily life: You should include information on how the accident has affected your day-to-day activities. If you can no longer go to work, you should note that down. If you can no longer do things around the house that you used to do, you should note that down as well.
  2. Emotional aspects: Are there things you used to enjoy and you are now wondering if it will be possible for you to continue enjoying them? For instance, not being able to play around with your kids or take your wife out for evening walks. You should note down how your injuries have impacted your enjoyment of life.

What else should you know about car accident journals?

You should know that you don’t need a special notebook to note down your injuries. You can use any piece of paper, or just note those things down on your phone or computer. You can also make entries as many times as you like. Additionally, you should also know that if you want your diary to be used in helping your case, it will no longer remain private; a couple of copies will be made and it will be read by many parties in the case. Various excerpts might also be read out in court.

You should be very specific in your diary. If you took painkillers five times a day, for instance, write exactly that down – don’t refer to the amount in a vague manner. This kind of writing will make your car accident journal precise and to the point and, in turn, powerful and believable.

As you can see, there are quite a number of things to consider when writing your car accident journal. Remember, you can consult experienced car accident attorney to learn more about how to keep a detailed and helpful journal of your accident.

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