What type of information should you collect after an accident?

Nobody wants to be involved in a car accident, but you know that this could happen at some point. The more time you spend on the road, the greater chance there is that you could find yourself in this position.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take after an accident to make things easier on you. For instance, you need to know what type of information to collect.

First and foremost, you need to obtain the other driver’s information. This includes things such as their name, phone number and insurance provider.

Moving on, you may also need to collect witness information. This could come in handy in the future, such as if the other person claims that he or she was not responsible for the accident.

Of course, you should also make note of any damage to your vehicle. Don’t hesitate to take pictures of the accident scene, as long as you can do so safely. Also, you should take pictures of your injuries.

Finally, you may want to write down the name and badge number of the police officer who responded. Your insurance company may need this information once you make a claim.

While all of this sounds good, keep in mind that challenges can arise. For instance, you may find that the other party did not have insurance coverage. Along with this, you may be too injured to collect this information.

Your health is more important than anything else. If you feel that you are too injured to collect this information, don’t worry about it for the time being. The police report should contain the information. You need to focus on receiving medical treatment.

Source: AIS, “The Information you Need to Collect After an Accident,” accessed July 28, 2016

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