How to Properly Document an Accident | California Trial Attorneys

How to Properly Document an Accident

Accidents are called accidents for a reason. We don’t intend for them to occur but when they do, being overly prepared is your best bet. In order to properly recover, a vital factor post-accident is properly documenting your accident. By doing this, you’re taking the responsible step in creating your case. Here are some steps […]

Accidents are called accidents for a reason. We don’t intend for them to occur but when they do, being overly prepared is your best bet. In order to properly recover, a vital factor post-accident is properly documenting your accident. By doing this, you’re taking the responsible step in creating your case. Here are some steps to keep in mind when documenting your accident:

*If your situation permits, dial 911 if you need to seek immediate medical attention.
Exchanging information:While some may think that exchanging only a driver’s license is enough. While that is an essential piece, there are others that should be collected as well. Be sure to collect any insurance cards and/or registration documents.

  • Take photos: Taking a clear photo from multiple angels is an important step. Be sure to include more than just a close up shot of the impacted area of the vehicle and snap as many angels as possible. This will help to better assess the damage down the line.
  • Take note of who’s at fault: Whether this entails recording on a device or writing, be sure to record any statement that the party at fault admits if applicable.
  • *If situation permits, get a police report: While not every accident requires law enforcement assistance, having a police report is a well-documented way to create your case and take note of the logistics.

The California Trial Attorneys recognize the distress that an accident may cause and want to hear you out. For a free consultation, contact this experienced team of attorneys! They have extensive experience handling complex litigation cases and take a unique and compassionate approach with each and every client.

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