After an auto accident, if you are able, it is important to speak to the other people who are present on the scene: The other drivers, their passengers, police, EMTs, and anyone who may have witnessed the events. These individuals will provide valuable details that will help throughout your collision case.
What exactly should you ask about, following a car accident, to ensure you get the information you need?
If you don’t walk away from the accident scene with anything else, you should at least get the contact information of anyone who was present during the incident, or arrived after. As well as the other driver, you should speak to passengers, drivers who stopped, nearby witnesses, and first responders. If there are any businesses close by, it may also help to check in with a manager and see if they have a camera on premises that may have captured the accident.
When speaking to first responders, you’ll want to ask about more than their name and phone number. You should get the names and locations of the police stations or hospitals where they work, inquire about their supervisors, their supervisors’ contact information, and the names and contact information of anyone else that could provide assistance on your case. For police specifically, you should also get their badge number.
Gathering the insurance information of the other driver(s) is crucial to recover compensation for damages. Depending on the circumstances of your case and the laws in your state, the other driver’s insurance provider could be responsible for paying your claim.
Regardless of the details of a collision, you should always ask about:
- The name of the other driver’s insurance company
- The provider’s phone number
- Their insurance policy number
- Their policy expiration date
Descriptions of the Scene
You can collect additional information about your auto accident on your own. After speaking to witnesses, take pictures of the area, make note of the geographic location, and write down the make, model, and license plate numbers of all cars involved. It will be beneficial to your case to be as comprehensive as possible — you can’t really collect too much information after you are injured in a collision.
Were you involved in an auto accident, and need help building your case? Schedule a free consultation with Attorney Bryan Caulfield through our contact form or via phone at (727) 308-6060.