The Importance of Obtaining an At-Fault Driver's Information After a Car Accident
Being involved in an auto accident is never an easy experience, and it can quickly become chaotic and stressful when you or a loved one suffer injuries. While you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim to hold at-fault drivers accountable for their negligence and liable for the injuries and damages you suffer – including your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more – it is important to understand that compensation is never guaranteed. This is especially true when insurance companies work aggressively to deny, dispute, or underpay your claim.
At Caraway Injury Attorneys, our personal injury lawyers have fought for victims injured in all types of auto accidents across the Greater Sacramento area. Having handled a number of motor vehicle accident cases, including those involving car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents, we know what victims say and do in the immediate aftermath of a crash can impact their case and ability to recover the compensation they deserve. Failing to collect information from other drivers, for example, could leave you without recourse for pursuing compensation.
While our firm is readily available to help victims ensure they take the right steps immediately following their injuries, we also want local residents to be prepared and to have the information they need to protect their rights and any personal injury case they may choose to pursue. This includes collecting the right information from at-fault drivers.
- Contact information – If you are able to do so following an accident, make sure to collect all contact information from any and all drivers involved. This includes first and last names, phone numbers, and addresses. To ensure you get the correct information, you should also call the police so that an officer can respond to the scene and compile the same information for use in an objective police report. Not only can this police report prove helpful later on in your personal injury case, it can also protect you from drivers who provide false identifying information.
- Insurance information – In addition to collecting contact information, be sure to get the insurance information of other involved drivers. This includes the name of their auto insurance company and their policy number. This can help acquaint you with the driver’s insurance provider, which may attempt to contact you after the accident for a recorded statement or to offer a settlement. Be wary of communicating with another driver’s insurance provider – they are not on your side and may attempt to have you make statements that can be used against you. They may also offer you lowball settlements in an attempt to quickly be done with your claim, even when you do not yet know the full scope of your injuries and damages.
- Other relevant information – There is additional information you can collect about other drivers involved in your crash. This includes their driver’s license number, their license plate, and the registered vehicle owner. Photos of the vehicle and the license plate can also help protect you in the event that at-fault drivers provide false information or try to avoid communication.
Regardless of what takes place after your accident, the best thing you can do to protect your rights is to speak with an experienced attorney. Our legal team is available to help auto accident victims throughout the region after they have been harmed by negligent motorists, and can discuss potential cases during free and confidential consultations. For those who are unable to make it to us, we also offer free home and hospital visits.
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