Douglas Borthwick on What Information to Gather at the Scene of an Accident

Being involved in an accident can be a very traumatic and stressful experience. However, obtaining the correct pieces of information at the scene can make a significant difference in the outcome of a personal injury case.

First, you should obtain the driver’s license number, vehicle registration information, and insurance company information from the other driver involved in the accident. If any passengers are in the other driver’s car, you should get their names and addresses, as well. In addition, obtain contact information from any witnesses and ask them to stay to talk to the police. If this is not possible, write down their statements about the accident.

After a police officer arrives, take note of his name and badge number and ask when you can obtain a copy of the accident report. If possible, take the time to make a diagram of the accident and note the positions of the cars before, during, and after the accident, as well as the positions of stop signs, traffic lights, and skid marks that may have occurred at the time of the accident. Finally, take note of the weather and road conditions. Taking the time to gather all of this information may assist you in filing your own claims. Additionally, these details may either protect you or help you if the accident leads to legal proceedings.

Attorney Douglas Borthwick specializes in several areas of the law, including personal injury law. In his years as a lawyer, he has handled numerous cases involving vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and injuries due to construction defects.

This site is designed for general information only. The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.


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