How to Properly Document an Accident

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 prepared is your best bet. In order to properly recover, a vital factor post-accident is properly documenting the accident. By doing this, you’re taking a responsible step to help in resolving your case. Here are some […]

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

Here are some steps to keep in mind when documenting your accident:

*If your situation permits and/or you need to seek immediate medical attention, dial 911.
Exchanging information: While some may think that exchanging only a driver’s license is enough, that is only one of the crucial items needed. Be sure to collect any insurance cards, vehicle registration documents, and make note of the vehicle’s license plate number.

  • Take photos: Taking clear photo from multiple angles of every vehicle involved is extremely important. Be sure to include more than just a close up shot of the impacted area of the vehicle and snap as many angles as possible including photos of the scene. This will help to better assess the damage down the line and prove causation of injuries.
  • Take note of who’s at fault: Whether this entails recording on a device or writing, be sure to record any statement that the at fault party 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.

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