After a car accident, no matter how serious, you may be confused and overwhelmed. There’s bound to be a lot going on at the scene, which can make taking the right steps challenging.
However, once you have time to calm down, it’s important to collect certain information while still at the accident scene. This information is necessary if you plan to file a lawsuit for damages and to help you build a case to recover compensation from the at-fault party.
Names and contact information from other drivers
It’s a good idea to get the names and contact information of the other drivers involved in the accident. Along with their name, address and phone number, be sure to get information about their auto insurance provider. While this should be included in the police report, it’s important to make sure that everything is included.
Collect information from witnesses
If there are witnesses at the accident scene, be sure to get their names and contact details. Having people who can testify to what happened when the accident occurred may help your claim down the road.
Try to write down or record what you remember about the accident while you are still at the scene. Your memory is bound to fade after time passes and you may forget small details about the situation that can be helpful.
Protect your rights
After an accident, you need to take steps to protect your rights. Part of this is collecting the information described above. You should also consider what legal options you have to begin the process of recovering compensation from the at-fault party for your injuries and damages. Knowing what is needed will help you during this challenging time.