Even if you only suffer minor injuries, being in an accident can definitely shake you up. Documenting certain things after you’ve been involved in a car crash can help you later if you decide to pursue a claim for injuries suffered as a result of the accident. Information you collect can also help you with any insurance claim you plan to file.

What should I do first?

Before collecting information, do the following:

  • Stay at the scene. It’s important to always stay at the scene of an accident. Leaving is a crime.
  • Get your vehicle out of the way if possible. If it’s possible to move your vehicle without causing further damage, get it out of the way of oncoming traffic.
  • Call police and emergency medical assistance if necessary. The police report can be important to your claim. An ambulance should also be called if anyone has been injured.

What should I document after I’m involved in an accident?

You should document as much of the following as you can after an accident:

  • Information from other drivers and passengers involved in the accident. Collect names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and insurance information from other drivers involved in the accident. You should also get contact information from passengers.
  • Information about the cars involved in the accident. Get the make, model and color of the cars involved in the accident, and the license plate numbers.
  • Information from witnesses. If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their full contact information as well.
  • Photos and other information about the scene of the accident. You want to capture photos of the scene of the accident, including anything that can help identify the location and the damage to your vehicle.
  • Information from the police officer responding to the accident. Get the police officer’s name, badge number or ID number, and phone number. It’s important that you obtain a copy of the police report, which should be ready a few days after your accident.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, remember that documentation of these details can play an important role if you decide to pursue an accident claim. You should also contact a Tennessee personal injury attorney to discuss your case and the options available to you.