If you are involved in an motor vehicle accident, you should adhere to certain guidelines to make certain to keep record of your pain and suffering so that all of the required information regarding your automobile accident is available to support your claim of damages. Cautious documentation of parties, witnesses, injuries, insurance contact, and expenses is imperative to your successful accidental injury claim.
Gather Evidence at the Scene
- You should not shift your vehicle unless instructed by police or a posted highway sign.
- Offer assistance to an injured party and summon an ambulance if it is required.
- Call and wait for police to arrive at the scene.
- Obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers, and insurance information from the other driver.
- Obtain the names and addresses of any possible witnesses.
- Acquire pictures of the scene. Pay particular consideration not just to the vehicles but also to the skid marks along with factors incidental to the accident.
- Never concede fault to parties involved, police, or insurance companies.
- Whenever the police arrive tell them what actually transpired in the accident and tell them right away if the other party did something wrong.
Collect Proper Documentation
- Seek medical treatment as soon as you can and keep record.
- Let your doctor know you were in a vehicle accident.
- Notify your insurance company.
- Never submit a statement to the other driver’s insurance company. You are not legally obligated to do so.
- Photograph any visible injuries and their progression.
- Keep record of your lost time and wages from work or school that resulted from your motor vehicle accident.
- Before you repair your car, document the damages to your vehicle with video and photos from various angles.
While this is a general list of steps you should consider when injured in an auto accident, you should also think carefully about what evidence would best support your claim for injuries. Consider consulting with an attorney should you have questions regarding your claim. Additionally, explore the information contained in our Documenting your Damages section which will explore the knowledge, information, and resources necessary in investigating the circumstances of your case.