Information Needing to be Gathered After an Accident
A Look at What Information to Get After an Accident
New Port Richey car accident lawyer Jeffrey W. Hensley, P.A. and his legal team fields many questions about what type of info you need to gather following an accident. So we’ve compiled an overview of the main pieces of information you’ll need to collect.
- Name, address, phone number and license number of the other driver – This information is important so you know how to contact the other party. If they do not have a driver’s license on-hand, you may wish to take a photograph of the other driver next to the damaged vehicles so you will have a better chance of identifying the person in the event that they gave you fake information.
- The other driver’s insurance information – Florida drivers are required to carry proof of insurance in their vehicle. So the other driver should be able to provide this piece of paper. Copy down all of the information on the paper, including the name of the insurance company, the insured party’s name and so on. You may also wish to photograph the insurance paper.
- The other driver’s vehicle registration, with the name and address of the registered owner, along with the make, model, and license plate number – Make note of all of the information that’s present on the other driver’s registration. Again, you may wish to photograph the registration paper.
- The name and contact information of witnesses – If another person witnessed the accident, get their name and information so you can contact them in the future if necessary.
- The exact time and location of the accident – Make note of the precise time and address where the accident occurred.
- Photos of the Accident Scene – Take photos of your car, the other person’s car and the entire scene as a whole. It’s important that your photos illustrate not only the damage, but also the position and location of the vehicles. Ideally, you should take photos before the cars are moved (though this isn’t always possible if you need to pull off the road due to being in a dangerous spot.) If there are skid marks, photograph the skid marks because the length of the skid marks can be used to determine speed prior to the crash. If there are no skid marks present, photograph the area where they would have been. This shows that the other party did not brake (a fact that can be significant.)
If police respond, they too may take photos. But you should always take your own if you are physically (and safely) able to do so.
- The responding police officer’s business card, name, and badge number – Get the name and badge number of the police officer who responds to the accident scene. Most police will provide you with a business card.
Getting Help and Filing a Personal Injury Claim Following a Collision
If you’ve been in a crash that left you injured, New Port Richey car accident attorney Jeffrey W. Hensley, P.A. can assist. A qualified lawyer can work to get the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other losses.
Contact our Florida law offices as soon as possible to discuss your case. Call New Port Richey personal injury lawyer Jeffrey W. Hensley, P.A. for a confidential case consultation at 727-781-3433.