First, if you are able, you want to make sure and exchange information with drivers that were in the accident. You want to gather information that includes the other driver's full name and contact information, Insurance company and policy number, driver's license and license plate number, vehicle information, and the location of where the accident took place. After exchanging information, you or someone you can rely on should document the accident by:
- Taking pictures
- Talking to witnesses
- Speaking with the responding police officers
- Asking for a case number so you can get a copy of the accident report
Taking pictures at the scene of an accident can help your claim tremendously and you want to make sure and show damages of all cars involved from different angles. These pictures can be used in your case and help support your claim and they will be sent to your insurance company.
After following both of these steps it’s time to contact a personal injury lawyer you trust that can help you through this process. It’s important to notify your insurer and start the claim process with a seasoned car accident lawyer. It’s important that no major or minor details are missed that could potentially cost you the case. A call to your lawyer should be done immediately after you leave the scene of the accident or from the scene if possible. Car accidents are stressful and unexpected but following these steps will help put your mind at ease during this process.