The shock of a car crash can leave you confused and overwhelmed as you try to make sense of what just happened to you. Unfortunately, it is easy to forget the information you need to collect at the accident scene that can help your Fresno car accident attorney with your claim. To make it easier to remember the information you need to gather after a traffic accident, we suggest you use a list of questions.
Make copies of the list of questions and keep the copies in your vehicle. When you are shaken after an accident, it is easier to use a list of prepared questions to gather information than it is to try to remember everything you need to do after a Fresno car accident.
Questions to Ask Yourself After a Car Accident
Leave enough room on the page to answer each of the following questions in detail.
- What are the date and time?
- Where did the collision occur (i.e. street address, highway number, etc.)?
- What were the weather conditions, traffic conditions, and road conditions at the time of the crash?
- What direction were you traveling when the collision occurred?
- How did the accident happen? What do you remember?
- Can you draw a diagram of the accident scene, including stop signs, traffic signals, and other important objects?
- What is the name, contact information, and insurance information for the other driver(s) involved in the traffic accident?
- What is a general description of the other vehicles involved, including a description of the damage caused by the crash?
- Can you take pictures of the accident scene?
- What are the names and contact information for eyewitnesses?
The above information can be very important when you are filing an accident claim against the other driver or another party. This information is for you and your attorney. Do not provide this list to your insurance company or the insurance adjuster for the other driver. Your attorney will provide other parties with the information they need as he handles your claim.
What You Should Not Do at The Accident Scene
Never admit fault, even if you think you may be partially at fault. Saying you are sorry can be interpreted as admitting fault. Therefore, avoid apologizing to the other parties involved in the crash. You should be honest with the police officer when describing what happened. Leaving out details you believe make you appear guilty can backfire on you later in the case. You can tell the officer what happened without admitting fault.
Do not decline medical assistance. It is important that a physician checks you as soon as possible following any accident. Only a physician can diagnose injuries and conditions. Furthermore, you need to have your injuries documented for your claim.
Call A Fresno Car Accident Attorney
We represent clients throughout the Central California Valley area. Contact Torem & Associates for a free legal consultation and case evaluation. You can reach our office by telephone at 1-800-954-4444 or by using the contact form on our website.