That automobile accidents are a fact of modern life is undisputed, yet most of us assume such things happen to others. When a paralegal and lawyer from the Janssen Law Firm, while out serving papers in Eureka, California, were struck by a car darting out of an alley it was a bit of a struggle to remember just what to do.
The obvious was easy-- anybody hurt? When the answer to that is "no" the police do not have time to investigate and you must be sure to get the pertinent information. Following is a list of the type of information you should obtain.
1. Always get identifying and contact information from the other driver (name, phone number, address).
2. Be sure to get all insurance information (insurance company name and contact telephone number, policy number, etc.).
3. Listen for admissions of fault, but do not make any in the excitement of the moment.
4. Remember that your cell phone probably has a camera-- use it! Document all damages to the vehicles as well as license plate numbers.
Call your own insurance company as soon as practical, and do not forget that DMV must be notified of all but the most minor of collisions.
If you have been in an automobile accident and need additional assistance, please contact us. The Janssen Law Firm has successfully represented hundreds of people who have been injured in truck and auto accidents.