In the direct aftermath of a car accident those involved are often understandably flustered and, unfortunately, sometimes leave the scene of the crash without fully documenting what happened. Don’t let this be you! Fully documenting a car accident is important because the evidence that you gather will likely prove to be hugely important later on when dealing with insurance providers and, if appropriate, when pursuing a resulting personal injury claim. While each auto accident is different, following the tips provided below will help ensure that you have documented the accident to the fullest extent possible.
File a Police Report
Make sure that you (or someone else) calls the police and reports the accident. The police will come out to the scene of the crash, interview the drivers and passengers involved, talk to witnesses if possible, and write up a police report. You will be able to obtain a copy of this report once it has been processed and use it as evidence of what happened.
Take Photos and Videos
It is also very important that you take photos and videos of the accident aftermath, if you are able to do so. Be sure to photograph the vehicles that were involved from all angles, any visible injuries that you/your passengers sustained, resulting property damage, the surrounding scenery, and any other evidence of accident as well (such as skid marks, etc.). Additionally, also take video of the accident aftermath in order to paint the most detailed picture possible.
Jot Down Notes
If possible, jot down notes describing every detail of the accident that you can remember while you are still at the scene of the crash. Memories fade surprisingly quickly, so taking notes immediately after the accident is usually the best way to record as many details as possible. Additionally, review and add to your notes later after you get home and have had a chance for the initial shock of the accident to wear off a bit. Sometimes car accidents are so traumatic for those involved that they need this second review in order to fully document everything that they remember happening.
The Department of Motor Vehicles suggests that you take note of as much as you can, including the following:
- What (in your opinion) caused the accident?
- Who was driving where?
- How fast were you going?
- What were the weather conditions like?
- Was anyone texting or talking on a cell phone? Eating? Smoking?
- Where there any witnesses? If so, where were they standing? Were you able to get their contact information?
- Did you hear anyone admit fault after the accident?
- What is the other driver’s name, contact details, and car insurance information?
Reach Out to Us for Help Today
Are you in need of an Ocala auto, truck, and motorcycle accident lawyer? If so, Piccin & Glynn, Attorneys at Law, is here to help. Our team of experienced injury lawyers handle a wide array of personal injury claims, including those arising out of car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. Contact us today at 352-558-8480 to schedule a free initial consultation during which we will evaluate your case and discuss your legal options.