How To Document Your Car Accident
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FIGHTING FOR THE SAFETY OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 5.5 million car crashes are reported to police each year in the United States, injuring more than 2.2 million motorists and killing 30,000.
The chance of being in an accident is real, and it is important to know what to do should one occur. Good documentation can strengthen your case and help you recover the damages you deserve from the negligent driver.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact the Hickey Law Firm at 855-375-3727 for a free consultation with a Miami car accident lawyer.
How To Handle The Aftermath of Your Accident
Remember, if you’re involved in an accident, your first priority is always safety. Dial 911 to request emergency assistance, and move cars away from oncoming traffic if you can. Once you’ve established your own and your passengers’ safety, then it’s important to document your car accident as best you can.
Here are a few things to note soon after the accident. Memory often fades with time, so try to take notes as soon as you can.
●Write down your own brief account of the accident. What do you recall? How fast were you driving? What was the speed limit? How were road conditions, and what was the weather?
●Obtain the information of other drivers. This includes names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and insurance information. If any of the drivers was on official business duty, request the name and phone number of the employer.
●Take photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, but in a car accident case, a thousand is probably a low estimate! Using your cell phone camera, photograph any damage to your vehicle, as well as to other vehicles involved in the accident. Snap photos of license plates and any debris and skid marks that may help tell the story of what happened. Also photograph any relevant signage (or lack thereof).
●Speak with witnesses. Use your cell phone’s voice recorder feature to capture witness accounts in the immediate aftermath of the accident, before they have a chance to change their stories.
After your car accident, you’ll want to have as much accurate information as possible. While safety should always come first, once you’ve established that you and your passengers are safe, then take the time to obtain as much evidence as possible. It could very well end up providing the key piece of evidence that wins your case.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, please contact the Miami car accident lawyers at the Hickey Law Firm at 855-375-3727 to schedule your free case evaluation.