Start by using the Auto Accident Checklist. Give your lawyer the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses to the collision and people who came on the scene after the collision. Take pictures of your injuries, especially cuts and bruises, and of the damage to your car. Give copies of to your lawyer. If your car has not been fixed, do not do so until you see your lawyer, because it may be a good idea to take pictures or have the car inspected. If it has been repaired, give your lawyer copies of all estimates and bills.
Keep a diary of your condition and progress. Record how you feel and how your life is affected by your injuries. This can be very helpful in dealing with the insurance company and if a trial is necessary, it can help jog your memory about what you went through. Don’t minimize or exaggerate your problems, because that simply wouldn’t be the truth. Write down exactly how you are feeling.
Keep an accurate record of the time you lose from work because of your injuries, including time off to visit doctors and other providers. Ask your boss to send your lawyer written confirmation of this and the amount of wages represented by this time lost. Your lawyer needs this information even if you are compensated for your lost pay through sick leave or vacation time.
Keep copies of all your medical, hospital and drug bills, and send the original bills to your lawyer. You should keep records of all the expenses you have in connection with your accident, such as the hiring a maid or mileage or taxi fare for visits to the doctors. If you have health insurance, be sure your lawyer knows about it, but go ahead and turn in your bills to that company. The worst that can happen is that they will be repaid (usually on a reduced basis) from the proceeds of any settlement.