You may have been hit by a car while walking in your Richardson neighborhood. You know the driver was at fault in running a stop sign, but you’re not certain you want to sue him. Even if you haven’t made a decision, there are steps you should take as soon as possible to avoid accidently giving up your legal rights or weakening your case.
Information You Should Collect at the Scene of an Accident
While you’re recovering from your injury, you should begin collecting the information and documents you will need if you decide to file a lawsuit. You will want to have the following information and documents at your initial appointment with an attorney:
- Contact information for the driver. This includes his name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. You also want to get the name, address, and telephone number of his insurance company, insurance policy number, and the dates of coverage.
- Contact information for the police officer and the accident report. Get the police officer’s name, badge number, and contact information. Find out how to obtain a copy of the police report and order it.
- Vehicle information. This includes the make, model, year, vehicle identification number, and license plate number.
- Pictures of the accident scene and your injuries. If possible, take pictures at the time of the accident. Also document your injuries and your ongoing medical recovery by taking frequent pictures.
- Contact information for witnesses. You should locate any witnesses to the accident and obtain their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. It is a good idea to do this soon after the crash. Otherwise you may not be able to find them if they move, and they may forget important details of your crash, not realizing they could be a witness in your case.
- Your own notes. Keep a written record of what happened at the wreck while it is fresh in your mind.
- Documentation of damages. Save all records of your medical treatment and expenses, wages you lost while you were recovering, and any other out-of-pocket expenses.
Even if you’re unsure about pursuing a claim, it’s important to speak to an attorney right away so you understand your rights and the mistakes that could hurt your case. You’ll need to really consider your medical expenses, lost wages, repair costs and the life-altering changes to your life—all caused by someone’s mistake—in making your decision.
If you were a victim of a pedestrian accident, we’re here to help. Start an online chat or fill out the online form for a free consultation to learn about your legal options and help you decide whether to pursue them.