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In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, it is understandable to feel stressed and anxious. However, it is important to keep your head as clear as possible, as there is some information you should collect.
In fact, your actions after a crash could impact your ability to seek compensation through a car accident injury claim later.
The following is a quick rundown of some of the information you should absolutely collect any time you are involved in a car wreck:
Make sure you call the police and obtain a Police Accident Report. If you must leave the scene without first speaking to the police, make sure you obtain the following information:
Information about the vehicles: Get the make and model of all vehicles involved, as well as license plate numbers. Include general descriptions of the vehicles, such as colors or any unique identifying factors. Also, describe the damage that occurred to each vehicle.
Drivers involved: Get the full name and contact information of all drivers involved, along with their driver’s license numbers, insurance providers and insurance policy numbers.
Witnesses: Get the full name and contact information of any witnesses to the car accident, along with a brief statement about what they saw, how much they saw and their vantage point.
Accident site: Describe the scene of the accident and its conditions. For example, what was the weather like at the time of the crash? What types of traffic control devices (signs, lights) were in the area?
Collision information: Write down exactly what happened in the collision as you remember it while it is still fresh in your mind. If you cannot do this at the scene, try to do it as soon as you get home.
Responders: Who came to the scene of the car accident? Get the names of police officers and their badge numbers, and specify if ambulances or tow trucks showed up. Make sure to talk to the officers about how you can get a copy of the police report.
Injuries: If anyone involved in the accident suffered a car accident injury, make sure to document them. Be sure to tell the officers who responded to the scene about them so that the injuries make it into the police report.
Take photos of everything at the accident site
Because of the proliferation of smartphones, most people are constantly carrying cameras around with them. Put your camera to use if you find yourself in a car accident. Pictures can record the key facts of your crash in a way that a verbal description simply cannot do justice.
You should photograph the vehicles before they have been moved to show their positions on the road and the amount of damage done to all vehicles involved in the accident. Try to take these photos from different distances and angles to provide a clear picture of what actually occurred.
It’s also a good idea to take pictures of accident area, including traffic control devices, any vehicle debris on the road, skid marks or any conditions that could have led to the collision.
Take photograhs of the driver’s license of any driver involved in the incident, as well as the insurance card for each vehicle.
Finally, be sure to photograph any auto accident injuries that you or other people involved in the accident suffered in the crash.
Contact Our New York Car Automobile Accidents Attorneys
To learn more about the information you should preserve at a crash site to prepare for your car accident injury claim, meet with the skilled New York personal injury attorneys at Robinson & Yablon, P.C. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, our proudly serves the needs of injury victims and their loved ones.