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What information should you gather at an accident scene?

On Behalf of | Apr 4, 2024 | Personal Injury

Collecting information about involved parties is one of the steps to take after an accident. While the minutes after a crash can be devastating and confusing, you need to gather the needed information.

Here is what you should collect: 

Information about the other driver

You need to exchange information with the other driver. Get their name, address, phone number and license number. You should also get their vehicle’s details, including make, model and license plate number. Lastly, request them to give you their insurance information – their policy number and insurer’s name and phone number.

If different vehicles were involved in the accident, you will do this with each driver.

Witnesses’ details 

If there are witnesses, get their names, phone numbers and addresses. Their statements can be crucial to your case.

Be careful when exchanging information

Even though exchanging information with the other driver is necessary, you can make a costly mistake during this step. Therefore, be extra careful.

For starters, you need to be calm. While the other driver may have made a mistake that endangered you, being angry, threatening them or reacting “aggressively” may disadvantage you. Take some time in your car to calm down before leaving to initiate a conversation with the other driver. This can save you from saying or doing something that can harm your case.

Further, do not admit fault. Avoid clear verbal acknowledgment of fault or statements that can be deemed an admission of fault, such as, “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you.” If you do this, the other driver’s insurer may use your statement to deny liability.

It’s vital to gather adequate information after a car accident. You should also consider legal help to understand your options.