Here at Van Norman Law, one of our main focal points is personal injury law. We have spent years defending the rights of accident victims from all across the Phoenix area. We understand that accident victims need someone by their side who is familiar with what to do following an accident. We encourage accident victims to come to us so that we can take care of everything, allowing them to focus on the important matter of healing and putting their life back together. Today, we continue with the second part in our series of “what to do at the scene of an accident.”
3. Document the Scene of the Accident
Once you have made sure you are uninjured, moved away from the wreck and proceeded to the safety of the sidewalk, and called the authorities; you can begin documenting the scene of the accident. If you have a smartphone, use its camera function to take pictures. Start by taking zoomed out pictures of the entire accident scene. Next, take zoomed in pictures of the cars and the damage to them. Captures as many details as you can. Don’t forget to photograph the license plates of all the vehicles involved, as well as relevant traffic lights/signs. It is always better to take too many photos, rather than not enough.
4. Speak with Witnesses
Next, speak with witnesses to hear their account of what happened. After the police report, eyewitness accounts may be one of the most important pieces of evidence you can bring forward to establish fault. The police will speak with eyewitnesses as well. Do not get in their way. If you feel comfortable, ask eyewitnesses for their contact information. The police should attain their information as well, but if you secure it for yourself, your attorney may be able to use their testimony as a tool.