Documentation After An Accident

Write down as much information as possible after your car accident.  Use your phone, write down all the information available to you, or ask the responding police officer for an exchange of insurance form.

At the Scene of the Accident

It is extremely important to write witness names down, the adverse driver’s name and telephone number, the plate number of the vehicles involved and the driver license of the adverse driver. You can also write whether the accident was a side impact, rear end accident, or a head on collision.You may also take pictures of the vehicles involved.  This may be especially important in cases where there is a hit-and-run driver that leaves the scene and you make an uninsured motorist claim.  Some insurance companies will go as far as taking your "statement under oath" to make sure that you are not lying when you claim that another vehicle hit your own and you ran from the scene.

After You Go Home

When you go home, you may also continue your documentation be writing a diary of your injuries, limitations, and days lost from work. If you are a victim of a crime, such as a DUI accident, the prosecution will contact you for victim restitution. Documentation after an accident that is weak or incomplete can cost you your case. WikiHow does a great summary on the step by step process of documentation after an accident. Documenting your injuries is also a way to make your case stand out from other hundreds of claims that will be analyzed by the insurance adjustor on any given year.


If you are at all confused with the task of documenting, please contact the Lara Law Firm. We will work to help you with your documentation to settle your case, or to prepare your case for trial.  You may get a better offer after the case is well documented and presented to the insurance adjustor again.