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Information to collect after a car accident

After a car accident, the scene can be confusing and chaotic. You may be injured and there will likely be people everywhere. 

Amid all the confusion, you may not know what to do to protect yourself and your rights. One of the best things you can do in this situation is to gather evidence that will help you file a claim for damages later. Some of the evidence you should collect is listed here. 

Collect names and contact information

Getting information from the other drivers involved in your accident is important. You shouldn’t wait, because details may be forgotten. It’s also important to get contact information from any witnesses. This will ensure you have the information you need to prove what you say happened actually occurred. 

Request a copy of the accident report

When the police come to the accident scene, they will create an official report of the situation and the parties involved. It’s important to get a copy of this document. You will usually have to go to the police station after the accident to get the report. You will need this if you decide to file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance. 

Take photos of the scene

Be sure to photograph any damage to your vehicle, your injuries and the road conditions when your accident occurred. You can use all this as evidence during your claim. 

If you are involved in an accident, it’s important to take the right steps to protect your rights. This means getting experienced legal guidance about your right to file a claim and recover the compensation you are due.

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