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What records should you keep after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2022 | Car Accidents

If you have been involved in an accident that is attributable to another person’s unlawful actions, you may be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages. And this is where a personal injury lawsuit comes in. 

However, like in any legal matter, what you do following the accident can profoundly influence the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit. Here are important records that you need to keep if you intend to pursue the liable party for damages in a Missouri personal injury lawsuit. 

Police report

Missouri law requires that you call the police to the scene of an accident that results in injuries, death or property damage in excess of $500. Upon arrival at the scene, the police will carry out their investigation and file a report that will basically paint a picture of the accident. So why is the police report important?

First, this is a legal requirement. In failing to call the police, the defendant’s insurance company might argue that you did not play your part as required by law. And this can jeopardize your case. Second, the police report can be helpful in substantiating your legal claims. 

Medical records

During your personal injury lawsuit, you will need to prove that you suffered compensable damages following the accident. With your medical report, you can prove the link between the accident in question and your injuries, the medical bills, loss of income due to missed work as well as other damages. 

Repair records

Most people will often remember to provide medical records while filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, it is important to remember your repair receipts too. If your car was damaged in the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for repair costs. However, to receive compensation for property damage, you need to prove the extent of the damages. And this is where repair receipts come in. 

Records play a critical role in determining the outcome of your personal injury claim. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while litigating a personal injury claim.