Human memory is a very complex and unreliable source of information when you’ve gone through a traumatic event. A car accident can be traumatic and stressful, but when it comes to accident claims your memory of the events is essential to creating a case. Because of this, it is important to keep a journal after your accident and write down key facts about the accident and your health.
Things to Journal:
Journaling after an accident is not a normal kind of journaling – in fact, it can be pretty quick and easy if you follow a few steps. First, make sure that you have your journal in an accessible place or carry it with you. It could be a small notepad or a Word doc on your laptop. If it is around you, you will be more likely to remember to write in it.
How do you feel? Document how your body is feeling, specifically with regards to the accident. If you hit your head during the accident, make sure to document if there is a bruise, swelling, and how fast it goes away. It can be as easy as just listing the parts of your body and what hurts: “Head: still have a headache, Knees: feel fine, bruising went away.”
What medicines are you taking? Write down every time you take pain medication or other kinds of medicine. This can help determine the severity of your injuries.
How is your vehicle driving? Keep a record of how your automobile is working or if it starts to malfunction. Is there more resistance than normal? Is there more smoke than normal? Some effects of an accident can take time to be noticed.
Have you spoken with the other drivers/passengers? Document your contact with the others in the accident. If the other person emails you, calls you, or otherwise communicates with you, journal it. It will help establish a timeline of action between the two parties.
These are just some things to think about while you are journaling. Just remember, your journal could be used as evidence, so if there is anything private that you do not want known, do not include it with your accident journal. If you would like more ideas about what you should be documenting, you can download the Sink Law app for tips. Contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for a free consultation concerning your accident – we are available 24/7 in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, or anywhere in South Carolina.