As soon as possible after the auto accident, you should photograph any visible injuries (i.e. cuts, bruises, broken bones, etc.). Before repairing your car, photograph the damage from all angles. Provide your attorneys with the prints (and negatives) of all photographs pertaining to your claim.

Consult an auto accident attorney to determine who is responsible for payment of your medical bills. Your medical bills could be processed through the other driver’s insurance company, your auto insurance policy, or through your group health insurance. Be aware that most health insurance policies require reimbursement of any medical expenses they paid upon settlement of your claim.

Keep accurate records of your lost time and wages from work as a result of your auto accident. This information will assist your attorney in determining the value of your claim.

Before you repair the damage to your car, contact your personal injury attorney. Generally, your insurance company will pay to have your car repaired or pay you the value of the vehicle if it is a total loss. If it is determined that you are not at fault for the accident, your insurance company will seek reimbursement for medical bills from the driver at fault. Your attorney will explain the best way to have your car replaced or your total loss adjusted.

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