What Kind of Evidence Should I Collect At the Accident Scene?
Although there are a lot of different things going on after a car crash, there is important information a person should collect following the accident.
First, make sure you personally get the license plate number of every motor vehicle involved in the crash. Take a photo of each car with your cell phone if necessary.
Second, exchange information with everybody involved. This includes obtaining their full name, address, telephone number and car insurance information.
Third, it is imperative the police are called to the accident scene. This is important no matter the severity of the crash. A police report is necessary to quickly make a claim for vehicle damage with your insurance company. In addition, the police report is also used by the insurance company in deciding whether or not to accept liability for car accident injuries. Without the report, it can be much more difficult to expeditiously obtain compensation.
Last, if you feel it is necessary to take photographs or video of the accident scene, then do so. For example, if there is a dispute about who had the green light, take a video of the timing of the light signals at the intersection. Take video of the intersection in general to demonstrate how traffic flowed. As we all know, not all light signals are the same.