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Information to Collect After a Car Accident

It is important that you seek immediate medical attention if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident. Once all relevant emergency personnel have been called (i.e, police, EMS, and/or fire), obtain the following information:

  • The full names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, drivers’ license numbers and license plate numbers of all the drivers and vehicles involved.
  • If a driver does not own the car he or she is driving, also get the name, address, phone number and insurance information of the owner of the vehicle.
  • The full names, addresses and phone numbers of any passengers in all of the vehicles, as well as any other witnesses to the accident.
  • If the police respond to the scene obtain the officers’ names and badge numbers and the accident report number.
  • Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles involved and the scene of the accident.  Later, also take pictures of your injuries.

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Observations to Make

In addition, you should also make observations and record notes about the following:

  • What was the location of the accident and at what time did it occur?
  • In what direction and how fast were the vehicles traveling prior to the accident?
  • What were the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident?
  • Did any of the motor vehicles have any defects which contributed or caused the accident such as a broken headlight or brake light?
  • Who and what caused the accident?
  • What parts of the vehicles were damaged from the accident?  How significant was the damage?
  • Did anyone accept responsibility for the accident or make comments such as: “I was changing the radio station,” or “I was not wearing my glasses,” or “My coffee just spilled on me,” or “I just glanced for a second at a text message,” etc.?
  • Did the police respond to the scene and issue anyone a ticket?
  • Did the EMS respond to the scene?  Was anyone transported to a hospital?
  • Were any of the people involved driving a company-owned vehicle or driving as a part of their job?


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