I’m Commonly Asked What to do at the Scene of an Accident?
The first thing I tell my clients is to immediately call 911. Insisting on police involvement at the scene is going to be one of your best tools with regards to a personal injury case. That’s going to be your best pieces of evidence. A police report showing that the accident was not your fault, and that’s going to be the best thing that you can get.
Take pictures, if you have an iPhone or camera phone, just take pictures right there. There will be pictures taken along the way but take your own, that’s going to show the damage and that’s going to have an effect on your personal injury case.
Obtain the insurance information of the person who caused the accident. That’s going to be on the police report, but it’s always helpful to obtain that information while you’re at the scene of the car accident.
People often ask me if they should move the vehicles. I like to have the vehicles stay where they are. That shows the police officer who is at fault and if you’ve been hit from behind you want the police officer to know that. We’ve had cases before where there have been vehicles move and people change their stories after the vehicles have been moved. Certainly if its a situation where there’s traffic coming by and it’s a danger, obviously you’d move the vehicles, otherwise keep them in place until the police can draw a diagram on the police report.
Never admit fault; there’s going to be a liability issue with every case, and the least you say the better. Never admit fault in an accident.