Even if you have been in an auto wreck, and police officers come to the accident scene, you should still collect information regarding the crash. You should be aware that police officers may come to the scene but may leave if there are no apparent injuries, disruptions in traffic, etc., or if they have other pressing business. Many drivers are later dismayed that no police report was actually made, even though the police had been on the scene.
You Should Collect the Following Information
This is why your collection of information can be so important, particularly if you are injured in the crash. But sure to obtain the following information:
- Date and time of the collision;
- Location of the collision (direction of travel, lane number, street address);
- Driver license number and state of issue of other motorists involved; their dates of birth;
- Addresses and phone numbers of other drivers involved;
- Insurance company name and agent's name of other drivers; insurance policy number; policy holder's name and address;
- Names and addresses of passengers in other vehicles, particularly if they are witnesses;
- Description of their vehicles (make, model, year, license plate number and state of issue);
- Estimate the amount of property damage and its location to your vehicle and other involved by using a simple drawing;
- If police officers are on the scene, write down their names and badge numbers for future reference;
- Any apparent injuries to persons involved in the collision, including yourself;
- If you have a cellphone, take a video (or have someone else) of the crash site;
- Make a note of the position you were in when your vehicle was hit, and whether you saw the impact before it occurred.
You Need an Attorney
When you have injuries resulting from a car wreck, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.