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How to describe a car accident

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

Describing a car accident after it occurs can be extremely difficult. That is why the best way to describe a car accident is to only give the basic details with a calm conviction. That information is usually shared with the police for their report and for your insurance company. If anyone else tries to call, such as the other drivers insurance, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney before continuing.

We know describing an accident is difficult so here' are a few tips:

As accident lawyers, we understand the overwhelming and traumatic nature of car accidents. It’s common for individuals involved in an accident to have trouble recalling the events because of the rush of adrenaline, stress, and shock. To assist you in providing an accurate account, we recommend taking a step back from the scene, calming yourself, and, if possible, writing your recollection of the event. Our goal is to support you in navigating this difficult situation and provide you with the resources to help ensure you can accurately describe the accident.

Tips to follow when describing an accident:

Take a moment to breathe

It may be helpful to write your recollection of the event as soon as possible. This will help you better organize your thoughts and provide a clearer account of what happened. Our experienced accident attorneys are here to support you every step of the way, and we are committed to providing you with the tips and resources you need to make it through this difficult time. Whether you need help to navigate the legal process or simply need someone to listen, we are here for you.

Gather and write your thoughts

Ask yourself some questions and jot down your answers to them. You need to be truthful and write as many details as you can. Stick to the facts. Here are some questions you’ll want to answer:

  • How many people were involved in the accident?

  • How many cars were involved in the accident?

  • Where were you when the accident happened?

  • What caused the accident?

  • Was reckless driving involved?

  • What was the reckless driver doing if anyone? Speeding? Not abiding by road signs? Etc.

  • Were any drivers impaired?

  • Did you notice the driver doing anything out of the ordinary before the accident?

  • Were there witnesses? What did they see?

  • Did the other driver approach your vehicle and say anything regarding the accident?

Take pictures

It is important to document as much evidence as possible following a car accident. Photos of the scene, damages, license plates, road signs, and any other relevant details can provide valuable information for your case. If you can, it is best to take these photos yourself. However, if the other driver becomes hostile or aggressive, it is best to stop and inform your attorney so that they can arrange for someone else to gather the photos.

Gather information

If there are witnesses, ask what they saw and record any important details. You’ll want to keep their name and information handy in case you need it later. You also need information from the other driver/drivers involved in your accident, such as their insurance card and driver's license. These are two pieces of information both you and the other driver are supposed to have exchanged. If you were involved in a hit and run, try to remember as many details as possible.

Avoid making major statements

After an accident you will be asked many questions, whether it's by the police or insurance companies. Police officers will ask you questions so that they can compile the evidence and plan a report. It's very important to remain calm when speaking to them, the police are just doing their jobs. Jot down that officer's name as well as it will help later on if you are trying to find your police report.

Who will ask me to describe my car accident?

The first people on the scene that will ask you what occurred are the police. They will listen to both sides of the story and create their police report based off that. This is where you only want to give basic information as we have stated previously.

The second person you are going to here from is your own insurance company. You have a legal obligation to notify your insurance company of the car accident. If you do not let them know they can deny your claim.

What should I do if the other party’s insurer requests a recorded statement?

Insurance companies are always tough to deal with and even harder when they are not your own. As always, try to keep things simple and not give too much detail. If you don't know the answer to a question say "I do not know." Never try to answer anything you are unsure of. If they ask for a recorded statement tell them your personal injury attorney will be in contact with them to schedule one.

You never want to lie about any details in your case because if they hear you changing certain parts of your story they will try to deny your claim. You also do not want to speak to the other drivers insurance company without consulting with your attorney first as they may try to make you say things to discredit you.

Another important thing to note in today's day and age is that you do not want to post on social media after the accident. Insurance companies may do investigation on their own and try to use that information against. Try not to devalue your case by posting anything that could possibly be used to discredit you.

How a Lawyer From Our Firm Can Help You Pursue Car Accident Damages

With so many questions being asked and all the stress and pressure that an accident puts on you, it is always a good idea to have a legal support system to guide you. The car accident attorneys at Demesmin and Dover will help guide you with what to say, what your options are, and they will help ensure you gain the compensation you deserve.

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