How Do I Properly Document a Motor Vehicle Accident?
No one ever plans on getting into a motor vehicle accident, but accidents can and do happen to many people. Also, the more prepared you are in case of an accident, the more likely you’ll be able to protect your right to fair compensation if another driver’s negligence actions caused you serious injuries, costly medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost income, among others.
But to help ensure that you recover maximum compensation for all your accident-associated damages, you must properly document the accident. Here’s how.
Obtain Medical Attention As Soon As You Can
If you suffered severe injuries, you must call 911 so you can be taken to the hospital for treatment right away. But even if your injuries seem minor, you must still go to the hospital or see your doctor for a proper diagnosis of your condition. Keep in mind that seemingly negligible aches and pains might indicate a serious chest, spine, back, or brain injury. Your medical records will also help prove the nature and extent of the injuries you sustained in the crash.
Contact The Police
Get the name, badge number, and contact details of the responding officer. You will need all these when you request a copy of the police report. The police report will also help support your injury claim because it will contain the observations of the police that investigated the motor vehicle accident.
Exchange Information With The Other Party
Following the accident, you’ll have to exchange your name, contact information, and driver’s license number with the other party. Make sure to obtain their insurance details. You’ll need this information when reporting the accident to your insurance provider and when you discuss your case with your Bronx motor vehicle accident lawyer later.
Take Pictures and Videos of The Following From Multiple Angles
- The scene of the crash, including any landmarks, car parts or debris from vehicles, skid marks, nearby businesses, and traffic signs
- Damage your vehicle – Don’t forget to photograph the interior as well.
- The road conditions
- The weather conditions
- Your injuries – Continue monitoring your injuries and taking photos of them during recovery.
Speak to Eyewitnesses
Ask them to describe what they saw and make sure to get their contact information. Your lawyer and insurance companies will need to talk to the witnesses as well.
A Crucial Note on Dealing With Insurance Companies
While you must report the crash to your insurer to seek benefits from your PIP coverage, you’re not legally required to talk to anyone from the other party’s camp. If a claims adjuster or lawyer contacts you, tell them that you will only speak to them after speaking to your lawyer.
Talk to an Experienced Bronx Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer Today
Injured in a Bronx motor vehicle accident? Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman as soon as possible. Our Bronx motor vehicle accident lawyer will examine the facts of your claim and help you determine the best legal recourse that will be best for your specific case. Dial 212-285-3300 or contact us online to arrange a free case evaluation with our Brooklyn motor vehicle accident lawyer.