Car accidents happen, there’s really no way to get around that. The biggest problem is that when they do occur, we tend to forget some of the most basic actions that need to be taken in order to ensure that we receive medical compensation at the end of the day. As personal injury attorneys, we would suggest that there are two things you need to be worried about:
- Compensation for any injuries that you might have suffered.
- Compensation for loss of income.
In order to full take advantage of the services and compensation that should be afforded to you, there are a few pieces of information that you will need to get, starting with the following.
Exchange Insurance Information
Yes, you’re going to need to exchange insurance information at the scene, and you should most definitely note if the person who caused the accident does not have insurance at all. This information must be exchanged at the time of the accident, not after.
Take Down Information
There is a plethora of information that you need to get apart from the insurance. Make sure that you are getting the name of the individuals involved in the accident, even if there is more than one. Take down the makes and models of their vehicles, and even take down their license plate numbers. This information will come in handy if the case ever ends up in civil court.
Examine the Damage
Once you finish exchanging information you will need to take an extensive look at your vehicle and note any damage that might have been done. Walk around it, form end to end, and note any of the following:
- Broken Windows
- Broken Lights
Along with this note any aesthetic damage, and make sure you use your camera to take pictures. At this point, almost everyone carries a smartphone or at least a camera capable phone which you can use to take all the images you need. In addition to that, you need to note any mechanical damage to the vehicle. Start it up, try to move it, see if it drives properly. All of this information needs to be noted for the upcoming case. If you are injured and unable to do this, you may have a friend do it, assuming you have someone with you.
Call the Police
There are some who believe that calling the police in the wake of an accident is a bit of an overreaction, but as experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers, we strongly recommend calling them every single time. Once the police arrive, they will be able to issue citations to whoever is at fault, and they will also fill out a report. Once that report is filed, you will be able to obtain a copy of it, which will be absolutely essential in the event your case ends up in a civil court. The police report will clearly state who is at fault, and this information cannot be disputed. Having the word of a police officer on your side is definitely something that you’re going to want! It will almost guarantee that you are not only able to win your case, but able to win some kind of compensation for your pain and suffering.
Finally, when you are collecting information after a wreck, you need to make sure that you are remaining calm. One of the biggest mistakes that people can make when they are talking to the other party, is losing their temper. You don’t want to set anything in motion that you can’t explain later, so, keep your calm, and follow the checklist that we have outlined above. If it helps, print this post out and keep it in your glove compartment – it will help you out significantly when you are collecting information, especially if you’re unable to think straight. All in all, getting the information is easy, and when done properly getting compensation for the accident, whether big or small, should be simple!