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Countless car accidents happen every day and derail the lives of the people involved. Whether you were in an accident with a pedestrian or a multiple car collision, it can be overwhelmingly stressful to deal with the aftermath. It is important to do so, though, and ensure that you take the steps necessary to protect yourself following an auto accident. Documentation is one of the most important parts of this.

You might be wondering why documentation is so important, though. Documenting your injuries and damages after a car accident is important for many reasons. The following three are some of the most important considerations to take into account after an auto collision. 

Medical treatment

Documenting injuries can help you get the best medical treatment and track the progress of your recovery. If you suffer a visible injury as a result of the accident, you should photograph it and make written notes describing it and its symptoms as soon as possible. Continue doing this throughout your treatment and recovery to ensure that you are healing and the treatment is working.

Insurance purposes

In most cases, insurance companies will also request that you submit documentation to support your claim. You should photograph the scene of the accident, the damage to your vehicle and the injuries you sustained. All of these will help you pursue a claim so that you can continue recovering from the accident. Be careful when talking to insurance companies, though—they are not always on your side.

Protect your rights

To effectively document the aftermath of a car accident, you should keep both written and photographed records of the events that occurred and the implications that followed. An auto accident is a complex legal issue, and litigation is not uncommon. Having comprehensive documentation on your side can help to protect you and minimize your liability.