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Documenting a car accident on the scene

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2019 | Car Accidents

Accident victims in New Jersey may be upset or seriously injured after a car crash, and it can be difficult to consider all of the things to look out for immediately after a wreck. However, keeping some tips in mind can help to establish a record that can help people when they go to their insurance company. It can be important to document both property damage and injuries at the scene and after a car accident in order to protect accident victims later on.

Staying calm after a car crash can be difficult. However, by keeping their wits about them, people can help to ensure they have the evidence they will need later on. Of course, the first step after a crash is to make sure that everyone who requires emergency medical treatment receives it. This may mean calling 911 for both police and medical assistance. In some cases, it may be dangerous to leave the vehicles as they are, and they may need to be moved to the side before the police come. If this is true, it is important to try to photograph the scene before the cars are moved to preserve an accurate record.

Because most people have mobile phones, it is easier to gather video and pictures than it was in the past. People may even encounter bystanders who have video footage of the accident stored in their phones. It can be a good idea to collect the contact information of witnesses near the accident in case their testimony is important later.

People who have been injured in a car accident may face growing medical bills as a result of someone else’s negligent driving. A personal injury lawyer might work with an accident victim to pursue compensation for damages, including pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.