For most car crash survivors, the immediate aftermath of an auto accident is confusing and overwhelming. If you have sustained a personal injury in a collision caused by another individual’s negligent, reckless, or distracted driving, seek immediate medical care. But if you are able to safely move about, documenting the accident damage can significantly bolster your personal injury claim. Read on to learn how to properly assess and record the damage.
After you have called 911 for medical and police assistance and ascertained your own physical safety, record the other driver’s name, address, insurance policy number and name. You should also jot down the make, model, and license plate number of his vehicle. If there are witnesses to the accident, write down their names and phone numbers. You should also take note of the time and location, traffic, road, and weather conditions, and the names of any responding police officers.
If you have a camera on your mobile device, take photos and video recordings of the scene. A picture can have a significant impact when another driver’s negligence is in question and can help prove the other car’s fault. Try to take multiple photos from different angles and distances, and be sure to include internal and external damage to the car, evidence of skid marks, any missing or bent road signs, or visible obstructions in the street.
Finally, be sure to request a copy of the police report filed after your auto accident. You and your attorney can review the report to check for any inconsistencies and get a better idea of how to approach your personal injury claim.
Have you been in an auto accident in Cheverly, Gaithersburg, or Hyattsville? Call the personal injury and accident attorneys at Maryland’s Sussman & Simcox: Attorneys at Law today at (301) 840-0404. Our trusted legal team has experience standing up to big insurance companies, and we can give you a fair and honest assessment of your case so that you can make informed legal choices.