Car Accident Law

Paperwork You Should See After a Car Accident

Key Takeaways

  • Gather all important documents like insurance papers, police reports, and photos from the accident to help with your claim.
  • Keep records of any injuries and expenses caused by the accident, such as medical bills and lost wages.
  • Always get the other driver’s contact and insurance information at the scene, and consider legal advice if needed.

However serious they might be, car accidents are always stressful and force you to think about several important things immediately. Even after you’ve exchanged details, you’ve called the police, and a tow truck takes your car away, there are still things to do.

You must contact your insurance company and might want to speak with a personal injury attorney about making an insurance claim. As you prepare to do this, you should be sure you have all the necessary documents to fully support your claim.

Insurance Information

It’s very important to gather your insurance policy documents and evidence demonstrating that you have paid all necessary premiums. If an attorney is supporting you, they will be able to see what coverage you have and what you could be liable for.

Notes From the Scene

At the scene of the accident, it is extremely important to get the contact details, license plate and driver’s license information, and insurance details of the other driver. You should also collect notes from the scene on all aspects of the accident. This should include:

  • Accident basics, such as the date, time, and location
  • Traffic and weather conditions
  • Notes on injuries and property damage
  • Any comments made by the other party
  • Name and badge numbers of any police attending the scene
  • Your own version of what happened

Photographs

You may have thought quickly and taken some photographs or videos at the accident scene. Suppose you have images showing important aspects such as the damage to the vehicles, road and weather conditions, and the positioning of each car. In that case, you should certainly provide these to your attorney or insurance company. They could be used to support your claim of what happened and show the extent of damages if they are disputed later.

Police Report

If the police came to the scene of the accident, or if you later reported the incident at a police station, there will be a police report containing important details. This is very useful during a claim, especially as it will include a police officer’s description of the accident scene at the time of the crash. You can ask for a copy of the police report, or your attorney can request it on your behalf.

If the car accident involved you receiving a ticket for a traffic violation, this will also be important to have on hand.

Records of Expenses and Treatment

After an accident, you might need treatment for an injury. It is crucial that you keep a record of all medical expenses, as well as documentation and medical records related to your injuries.

You might also be forced to miss work and lose wages because of your injury. As a result, it is important to collect wage slips and other evidence of your employment so that any lost wages can be accurately calculated as part of the claim.

What Other Auto Accident Information Do I Need?

When you exchange information, you can ask for the driver’s insurance information, cell phone number, and license plate number. If the driver doesn’t want to give you their information, you can ask law enforcement for help. Don’t chase a hit-and-run driver, or you could risk serious harm.

A lot of drivers don’t carry around motor vehicle insurance paperwork for their vehicles. Auto insurance companies moving toward paperless documentation may require customers to do everything on their apps. This can complicate an accident report or car accident claim if the driver can’t access the app.

Even if you don’t think you have any serious injuries, some injuries may not show up for hours or days. If you suffered a car accident injury, you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver to recover damages for your medical bills. So don’t leave the location of the accident without getting the necessary contact information from the other driver.

For legal advice about filing a lawsuit for a car accident case, talk to a car accident lawyer in your area.

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