Auto Accident Checklist
Statistics demonstrate that it is likely that almost every single person will be involved in at least one auto accident during their lifetime. In the event that this occurs, you could potentially be entitled to a recovery of damages. It is important to act quickly as your actions can impact your health and any potential recovery of damages.
Shock and nerves often take hold when you are in an accident and this is completely normal. Although there is no way to be thoroughly prepared for an accident, having a checklist handy with pertinent information could save you a lot of time and money.
Keeping a pen and a copy of this auto accident checklist in your car’s glove compartment to help you gather facts at the scene of any accident could prove to be helpful:
Copy the license plate of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident. Sometimes the person driving a car is not the owner of the vehicle. Also, make a note of the vehicle make, model, color and any other descriptive details.
Copy the driver’s license information of the other driver involved in the accident.
Take photos with your cell phone if you are able to. If you do not have a cell phone, keep an inexpensive disposable camera (with flash) in your glove compartment with the list to take photos of the accident scene. Photos can be very helpful if you have a medical claim or lawsuit later on. Take pictures from all angles and not just of the vehicles involved but also of the roadway and surroundings.
If you or someone in your vehicle sustained an injury that is visible, take photos of the injury as well.
If a police officer is called to the scene, please make sure to note his name and badge number. Also, ask the police officer if a report will be prepared and if so, ask for information regarding when and where it will be available.
Take the name, address and telephone number of any witnesses. Do not contact the witnesses. Give the contact information to your attorney and allow them to contact the witnesses.
After the accident, the best thing you could do is make an appointment you’re your primary care physician. Although most people involved in lower impact collisions do not feel pain right away, the best way to safeguard your well being is to visit a doctor for consultation.
Gather estimates for repairs to your vehicle from at least 2 auto repair shops.
Consult with your attorney to help guide you through the necessary steps involved in researching your rights and collecting any damages you may be entitled to.