The steps you take immediately following a car accident are critical to a successful injury claim. Knowing in advance, what information to collect, can save you frustration later when you’re dealing with the insurance company.
Due to the nature of a car accident, evidence may be scattered and difficult to locate. The following steps will help you collect evidence more efficiently.
Your first priority should be to contact the proper authorities. Especially when someone is injured, filing a police report is paramount. An official record keeps details of the incident organized.
While filling out the report, keep your emotions in check. Answer the officer’s questions by conveying only the facts. Never admit fault or accuse another driver. Remaining calm will help you recall the events more accurately.
Evidence can disappear quickly. Therefore, it is crucial to preserve as much as you can. If you don’t have a cell phone with a camera, consider keeping a disposable camera in your glove box. Take pictures to document the accident scene. If you have a passenger, they can take pictures while you speak with the police. Make sure to photograph the following:
- The position of the vehicles,
- All vehicle and property damage,
- Road conditions,
- Road and traffic signs, and
- Anything else that might benefit your claim.
Be sure to speak with witnesses and other drivers involved. Witnesses can be valuable when determining fault. They can vouch for you if the other driver’s insurance company tries to blame you. Remember to speak with the passengers in other vehicles, as well. Write down all of the witness’s contact information, including name, address, and phone number. In addition to personal contact information, for the other drivers involved you will also need:
- Their driver’s license information,
- Their insurance providers name and phone number,
- The make, model, and year of their vehicle, and
- The vehicle identification number, or VIN.
If a commercial vehicle is involved, make sure to write down the vehicle owner’s name.
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Most importantly, never sign or agree to anything without speaking to an attorney first. If the insurance company calls, you don’t have to talk to them. They will misconstrue your words and use them against you. Commonly, people have given a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster, only to realize later that they misremembered certain details.
Consult with your attorney to organize the specifics of your accident. Be certain that you comprehend the sequence of events and everything that transpired. Drawing a diagram of the accident might be helpful.
Remember, you have a legal right to confer with an attorney before you say anything to the insurance company.
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