There are guidelines to follow in gathering information that might be helpful in succeeding investigation of vehicle accidents.
The first thing you have to do at the accident is to look after the victims and know the extent of their injuries. Call for medical assistance and the police immediately.
Once victims have been taken to safety, you have to get the following information on the scene:
• Drivers’ names of all vehicles involved
• Drivers’ license numbers, addresses and phone numbers
• Drivers’ insurance companies and policy numbers
• License plate number, color, make, year and model of all cars involved
• Registered owners’ names and addresses of all vehicles involved
• Full name, address and phone number of occupants in any of the vehicles
• Full name, address and phone numbers of any motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians or other parties involved
• Full name, address and phone number of any witnesses to the accident
• Police officer’s name, department and badge number
• Actual location of the accident
Other information may also be useful and could help investigators and vehicle accident lawyers in the reconstruction of accident scenes.
These are additional questions that must be asked:
• Did any person involved in the accident report any personal injury shortly after the accident?
• Was medical assistance rendered at the scene of the accident?
• What personal injury did the injured person report? Did anyone say, “I’m not hurt”?
• What was the actual location of the accident?
• In what direction were the vehicles traveling just prior to the accident?
• At what time of day did the accident occur?
• What were the weather conditions at the time of the accident?
• Was there anything “wrong” with the vehicles before the accident, such as a broken headlight or brake light?
• Was there any damage to the vehicles as a result of the accident? What parts of the vehicle were damaged?
• Who are the registered owners of the vehicles (names and addresses)?
• Were all vehicles involved in the accident insured? What are the names of the insurance companies and the policy numbers?
• Did any of the vehicles need to be towed from the scene of the accident?
• How did the accident occur?
• Did anyone accept responsibility for the accident, or make a comment such as “It was my fault, I am sorry. I was speeding / not paying attention / not wearing my glasses / distracted / tired / late for work / in a hurry / my coffee had just spilled / I should have seen you but I was on my cell phone / I’ve been taking these pills / my eyesight isn’t what it used to be after dark, etc”?
• Did the police come? If so, did they issue anyone a ticket? Which officers were present? What are their names and badge numbers?
• Was any of the drivers involved driving while working, or driving a company owned vehicle?
Competent and highly experienced LA vehicle accident attorneys at http://www.attorneyservicesetc.com/practice_area/Vehicle-Accident-Attorney-Services.html can give more information regarding vehicle accident cases.
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