After you’ve been in a car accident, the most important thing to consider first is if you or anyone else has been injured. In some circumstances, your injuries may be too severe for you to collect any evidence and you shouldn’t injure yourself further in attempting to do this. However, some accidents result in less serious injuries and you may be able to collect critical evidence that will help support your personal injury claim.
If you or a passenger are able to gather evidence immediately following your accident, you should collect the following:
- Information from all parties involved in the accident, including the name, address, and phone number of the other driver, their driver’s license information, insurance policy numbers, license plate numbers, etc.
- Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of any witnesses
- The exact location of the collision (names of streets and intersections, etc.)
- Description of the cars involved (make, model, color)
- Details of how the accident happened and if you noticed any behavior on the part of the other driver (texting before the accident, smell of alcohol, etc.)
- Photos and video of the accident scene, including debris in the roadway, road conditions at the time of the accident, road signs in the vicinity of the crash, skid marks, property damage, etc. Also make a note of any cameras on buildings or red light cameras that may have recorded the accident.
If you are seriously injured and can’t gather this information, don’t worry. The police and emergency medical personnel who assisted you at the scene of the injury will file a report and your personal injury attorney will obtain a copy, which will describe the geographical location of the injury, date, time, names and contact information of witnesses, if any, and the names and addresses of any other parties involved.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or injustice, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.