Being involved in a car accident can be a difficult and stressful situation. Even minor fender benders can leave you with injuries and damages to your property.
Even though the accident scene may be chaotic, and your mind may be racing after an accident, it’s important to try to stay calm and collect as much information as possible. If you plan to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, having as much information and evidence as possible is important.
One of the first things to collect at the accident scene is information from the other driver (or drivers) involved. This includes:
- Their name
- Phone number
- Insurance information
- License plate number and driver’s license number
It’s also smart to write down a description of the vehicles involved, such as the make, model and color. Be sure to note where the accident occurred, as well. The vast majority of this information should be on the police report taken at the scene, so you can ask the officer on hand for assistance – rather than approach the other driver directly.
Take photos of the scene
Use your phone to take photos of the accident scene. This should include the position of all involved vehicles, road conditions, road signs, damages to your car or other property and any visible injuries you have sustained. Photographic evidence can be powerful during a car accident claim.
Protecting your rights after a car accident
After being involved in a car accident, you need to gather information to protect yourself and your rights. If you decide to file a lawsuit the information and evidence you have gathered can help move your case forward.