At The Scene
- TuRN ON HAzARD LIGHTS
- GET TO A SAFE SPOT IF yOu cAN
- BE cAREFuL ExITING THE VEHIcLE!
CALL 911 IF ANYONE IS INJURED!
Check to see if anyone is injured,
render first aid if possible
Driver and Vehicle InformationDRIVER: Get the name, address, phone number, driver's license number,
state, expiration date, birthday. (Note if glasses or contacts are indicated,
and if the driver appears to be wearing either.)
VEHICLE: Get the make/model/year/color, license plate number, state,
expiration, and name, phone and address of the registered owner. Note
condition and damage.
Insurance InformationGet the name of the insurance company, phone number, address,
policy number and expiration, as well as insurance agent’s name and
Witnesses and Passenger InformationGet the names and contact info for any witnesses and passengers.
If no one comes forward to volunteer that they are a witness,
ask anyone present if they saw the accident.
Take NotesNote the time of day, weather and road conditions, location, etc. Sketch
the position and direction of the vehicles, intersection, merging roads, etc.
Take PhotosTake photos, including photos of documents (license, insurance card,
registration), the location, the vehicles, damage, license plate, driver
and passengers... you can also use video and audio!
Be sure to document the damage to the vehicles, the accident scene and
surrounding area, position of the vehicles at the time of the accident,
anyone claiming they were injured, road hazards that may have contributed
to the accident, etc. Photographs or videos taken at the scene can be
extremely valuable when it’s time to settle your claim.
USE YOUR PHONE CAMERA
DON’T ADMIT FAULT!
Take photos including photos of documents
(license, insurance card, registration) the location,
the vehicles, damage, license plate, driver and
passengers... you can also use video and audio!
In most cases the photos will also contain the time
and date record. If geo-location is enabled, they may
even help you record the location!