After you get into a car accident, you’re understandably going to have a whole lot on your mind. You’ll need to make sure that nobody is injured, and that you are able to get safely off the road and call the police to the scene. But while you’re waiting for police to show up and get everything settled, it’s extremely important that you gather as much evidence as you can. Even if you don’t initially intend to file a personal injury claim, having the information can only help you down the line.
First, you’ll want to take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the damage done to both vehicles, of any skid marks around the accident scene, of any visible injuries suffered by you or your passengers and of the general area around the crash. If there was improper or malfunctioning signage or signals, be sure to photograph them.
Next, get the information of any witnesses on the scene, including phone numbers, addresses and names. Ask if they took any pictures or videos of the accident or its aftermath, and get copies if you can. Even if they don’t have pictures or video, their accounts of what happened could be invaluable if they wind up testifying in court. You should also take down the information of the other driver, including contact info, driver’s license, insurance and license plate.
Finally, after you have left the scene of the accident, you’ll want to get a copy of the accident report by the officer who came to the accident location. This report could contain a variety of useful information, including the officer’s opinion about who was at fault in the accident.
For more information and guidance on gathering evidence after a Florida auto accident, speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer in Jacksonville.
Car accident attorney Mark Link contributed to this blog post.