In Florida alone, there were close to 400,000 crashes in one year that led to over 20,000 incapacitating injuries. Car accident range in severity from a minor nuisance to life-altering events that can completely change the course of your future. From property damage to debilitating injuries, both drivers and passengers are susceptible to risk whenever an accident occurs.
Many times, individuals are injured in a car accident but are unaware how severe their injuries are until several weeks or even years down the road. This makes it difficult to obtain compensation for medical bills when the insurance company has determined there were no injuries. It is imperative that you seek medical attention anytime you are involved in an auto accident and collect as much evidence at the scene as possible.
The more information you have, the better. Anyone involved in the accident should share information. Collect the following details:
- Phone numbers and addresses
- License plate numbers
- Insurance information
- Make, model, year and color of each vehicle
- Registration number of each vehicle
- Driver’s license number of anyone involved
Make sure you have a copy of the information and that you write it down personally to avoid confusion or misinformation.
When you are involved in a car accident, it’s hard to tell exactly what happened. That’s where witnesses can be helpful. Write down the information of any witnesses who can give their version of what happened, and make sure they give their statements to the proper authorities.
Photos go a long way toward highlighting the damage caused to a vehicle or body during an accident. Take photos of any physical injuries, vehicle damage and any hazardous weather or road conditions that may have contributed to the accident. You’ll want to get this information as quickly as possible so it is accurate.