How to Document a Car Accident

Last updated 11 months ago

Being involved in a car accident can be one of the most terrifying experiences of your life, making it difficult to take the proper steps to protect yourself and your legal rights. While a personal injury lawyer can help defend your claim following a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you provide them with the proper documentation to support your case.

Exchange Information

The first thing you’ll want to do following a car accident is to exchange information with the other driver or drivers involved. This includes their names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company names, policy numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. You may also want to take a description of each vehicle involved, including the make, model, year, and color. You will also want write down a description of the accident itself and the area in which it took place.

Take Pictures

The next step when it comes to documenting a car accident is to take pictures. It is a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your vehicle emergency kit to take pictures; however, you can always consider taking pictures with your phone so that you can document the damage to the vehicles. It is also important to take pictures that show the overall context of the accident so that your attorney and claims adjuster understands the full scope of your case. In addition, you may want to document contact information for any witnesses.

File an Accident Report

Another crucial step when documenting a vehicle accident is to file an accident report, as this will aid you during the claims process. Even if law enforcement officers do not respond to the accident, you can still file a report with your Chicago department of motor vehicles.

At Malman Law, our personal injury attorneys are devoted to defending your rights and ensuring that the liable party’s insurance company covers your injuries following a car accident. Call our Chicago office at (312) 983-6193 for more information on our practice areas.


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