What information should I collect at the scene of my car accident?


Attempt to get as much complete and correct information as possible at the scene of your automobile accident.  First, exchange driver's licenses with the other driver.  Make sure to take note of the driver's name, address, date of birth, telephone number, driver's license number and expiration date.  Also, ask for the other driver's insurance card and write down insurance company information.  Take note of the make, model, license plate number and VIN of the other car.  Ask the driver if he or she is the owner of the vehicle.  If not, gather the name and personal information of the car's legal, registered owner.  Write down the names of any passengers and witnesses at the scene.  If you have a camera in your car or on your phone, take pictures of the scene and the cars in their original position following the accident.  Make note of the time of day and weather conditions, and if at all possible, draw a diagram of teh accident so that you can clearly remember the incident later.  Most importantly, do not admit to any fault at the scene of the accident.

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