After being involved in a car accident, you’re not just going to be able to walk away, call the insurance company, and get a big check in the mail. Your insurance company is going to want proof of what happened. They want to see the damages; they want to know if there were any witnesses.
Your insurance company will need various forms of evidence to process your claim and help you recover compensation for your damages. What exactly do you need to give them? Read on to understand what type of information you’ll need to provide so you can be prepared in the event of a car crash.
Driver and Witness Information
Your insurance company will need to know the details of the parties involved in the accident. Therefore, you will need personal information from the other driver(s), such as their name, address, license number, and insurance information. You can easily get this information by taking photos of their driver’s license and proof of insurance. You should also get information about their vehicle, such as vehicle make, model, and license plate number.
If there were any witnesses who saw the accident, you’ll want their names and contact information as well. Witnesses can provide crucial details in a crash.
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when it comes to car accidents. Make sure you take high-quality photos of the crash scene. It is often the smallest details that make or break a case, so take your time to produce non-fuzzy images. Take photos of the damage to your car, any injuries you have and the surroundings. Be sure to include any skid marks or road damage. If weather conditions or other external factors played a role in the crash, be sure to get photos.
Get photos of inside your vehicle as well, especially if any possessions were damaged in the crash. However, you should not remove any items from your vehicle until you get permission from the police. They may want to investigate the accident scene.
Do be sensitive about what you photograph, however. Do not take photos of others, especially if there has been a fatality.
Documentation of Damages
Any losses that you suffer as a result of the accident should be documented. This includes medical bills and related expenses. Be sure to document all your injuries and get copies of any tests or images, such as X-rays.
If you miss work due to injuries and medical appointments, be sure to document your lost wages. If you require a rental car while your car is being repaired, keep the receipts. The same goes for anything else that was damaged in the crash. Ask for a copy of the police report as well.
Get Hurt? Get Gary!
Evidence is crucial after a car accident. The more proof you have of what happened, the better your outcome. Your lawyer can use your evidence to build your case.
The Falkowitz Law Firm can help you uncover various types of evidence so you can get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at 844-GET-GARY. We offer free consultations and are available 24/7.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.