If you are seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, It is important that you seek immediate medical attention. After everyone is out of danger and the police and EMS have been called, obtain the following information:

  • The full names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, driver’s license number, and license plate number of all the drivers involved.
  • If a driver does not own the car they are driving, get the name, address, phone number, and insurance information of the owner of the vehicle.
  • The full names, addresses, and phone numbers of any passengers in all of the vehicles, as well as any other witnesses to the accident.
  • If any of the drivers appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, notify police or other emergency personnel immediately.

In addition, you should make observations and record notes about the following:

  • What was the location of the incident?
  • In what direction were the vehicle(s) traveling prior to the accident?
  • At what time did the accident occur?
  • What were the weather and road conditions at the time of the accident?
  • Was there anything “wrong” with any of the involved vehicle(s) before the accident, such as a broken headlight or brake light?
  • Was there any damage to the vehicle(s) as a result of the accident? What parts of the vehicle(s) were damaged?
  • Did any of the vehicles need to be towed from the scene of the accident?
  • How did the accident occur?
  • Did anyone accept responsibility for the accident or make a comment such as “It was my fault, I am sorry, I was speeding,” or “I was not paying attention, looking at my GPS” or “Not wearing my glasses/tired/in a hurry/on my cell phone/my coffee just spilled/on this new medication”, etc.?
  • Did the police respond to the scene and issue anyone a ticket? What are the officers’ names and badge numbers and what is the accident report number?
  • Were any of the people involved driving a company-owned vehicle or driving as a part of their job?
  • Take pictures of the damage to the vehicles involved, your injuries if they are visible, and the scene of the accident.