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Information you need to gather at the scene of the accident

Documenting the scene of a car accident is something that many people leave to the police officers who respond to the call. While it is important to leave things where they are until the officers arrive, you can take steps to document the scene on your own just in case you decide to seek compensation.

Filing a claim for compensation is the first step to take if the accident wasn't your own fault. Having the documentation to back up your case can help. There are a few things that you can do to gather evidence that won't impact the police officer's job. Here are some to consider:

Other driver's information

You must get the other driver's information if possible. If you can't get it at the scene, you might have to rely on the information in the police report. One easy way that you can get some of the information is to snap pictures with your phone. Take a picture of the other driver's license, the insurance card, and the license plate. You also need to get the person's phone number.

Witness information

If there are witnesses to the accident, you can get their contact information. Name, address and phone number is ideal. Your witnesses can include people in both vehicles, as well as people who were near the scene and saw the accident. While there isn't a guarantee that you will need this information, it is nice to have it if you do need to call on witnesses as part of your case.

Look at the scene

Try to note anything at the scene of the accident that could have contributed to it. Write down what the weather and road conditions were like at the time of the crash. Be as detailed as possible in your notes so that you can refer to them later if necessary.

Grab your camera

Take pictures of everything you think you might need to show. The area around the accident, the cars and the damage to the vehicles are all some of the things you might want to capture. Take some close shots, as well as pictures from farther away, if possible.

Everything that you gather at this point can help you if you decide to seek compensation. You don't need to have to worry that your memory might fade or that you don't have what you need when you are ready to file your claim.

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