That moment when you realise you’ve suffered a terrifying car accident is unforgettable. There will be an explosion of noise followed by a hollow silence and steaming cars. The last thing on your mind will be gathering information. You’ll be concerned for your safety and those of your passengers. You might be enraged at the crazy driver who smashed into you! It’s really important that you keep these emotions in check and take stock of what has happened.
If you’ve been part of a car crash, there may be compensation available to you. When you speak to a lawyer specializing in car accidents, they will ask you about every detail. This is why it’s so important to write everything down. The more you can document at the scene, the better your chances of recuperation. So, here’s a complete list of everything you should write down.
1.The vehicles involved – First of all take down the make and model of all the cars involved. It’s worth noting the colour and any particular identity features too. Collect the registration number while you’re there.
2. Personal details. – Although there may be a little chaos and confusion, make sure you get everyone’s personal details. Take down the names of the driver and any passengers in the cars involved. Take down their contact details and address. Finally, ask the driver for their insurance supplier and details, especially if it was their fault.
- Damage to the vehicle – To ensure that nothing is manipulated later on, write down any immediate damage to the vehicles. If possible, take photos of the surface damage. This will be valuable evidence if needed later on.
- Witnesses – If anyone else was present at the scene, take down their name and contact information. If possible, get a quick statement from them about what they saw. Although they’re not always reliable, good witnesses are good to have.
- The collision itself – Write down as many details about the actual collision as possible. What speed were you doing? Where did the other car come from? An even better tactic is to sketch your version of events while they’re fresh in your mind. Again, take photos of any skid marks and the final position of the cars involved.
- Conditions – Make a note of any adverse weather conditions, but any extra information here is useful. Times, location and any other road conditions could be invaluable.
- Injuries – Injuries can often be exaggerated for personal claims later on. With that in mind, it’s really important to note any immediate injuries as soon as possible. That means to yourself, your passengers and those in other vehicles.
- Police offers’ information – The first people on the scene will be the police officers. Take the time to get their names and precinct information. It could be useful at a later date to confirm information.
We know that it’s a difficult and traumatic time for anyone. However, do take the time to collect as much information as possible. When it comes to claims, insurance and compensation later on, you’ll be pleased you did!
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