#3: Collect Info from Other Driver

You also will need to exchange information with the other driver(s). The pertinent info you want to collect includes:

  • Names, addresses and contact information
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • License plate numbers
  • Insurance company names and contact info and policy numbers for those involved
  • Other involved occupants’ names and contact info

Jot down the info on your phone in a safe place so you don’t misplace it. You can save it as a note or text or email it to yourself so that you’ll have it handy when speaking to your insurance company.

#4: Gather Other Important Evidence

Finally, if you’re able, collect any information that might be useful as evidence when filing your claim or lawsuit. Any piece of info that has any bearing on the accident may wind up being helpful -- so gather as much as possible. In addition to the police report and other driver’s info, try to get the following information:

  • Photos of the accident scene, the vehicles and injuries
  • Video footage of the scene
  • Names and contact info for any eyewitnesses
  • The exact location of the accident, i.e., the corner of Mitchell St. and Central Ave. (You may want to use an app for this if unsure. “Location” app by idevelop.com, “Glympse” and “What’s My Location” by Microsoft are a couple of examples of free apps that will provide you with the street address and GPS coordinates for exactly where you are.)

Additional Car Accident Tips

There are also a few things you’ll want to avoid after an accident, like delaying medical treatment or admitting fault. Little mistakes can thwart your rights to compensation, so it’s important to do and say the rights things after a crash. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Always get a medical evaluation after a crash, even if you don’t think you’re seriously hurt. You might have internal injuries that need medical attention. Also, medical records might be useful later for claim or lawsuit purposes.
  • Keep your cool after the accident. Even if the other party was obviously careless and at fault, try to remain calm and courteous. Going off the deep end will not benefit anyone.
  • Be mindful of what you say and don’t admit fault in any way to the other party or the insurer. You don’t know all the facts of the case yet, and prematurely admitting fault can apportion undue liability onto yourself. Even offhanded, innocent remarks like “I’m so sorry” can later be misconstrued as fault and used against you. Stick to basic information exchange only.
  • After you file a claim, don’t sign the first offer that the adjuster provides. If your damages are substantial, you’ll want to consult an attorney first to ensure the offer is fair and sufficient.
  • Finally, keep the number of a good car accident lawyer in your wallet or phone contacts so that you’ll be ready should a crash ever occur. For an established accident lawyer with a successful track record of helping victims in Atlanta recover significant settlements, call the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz. The office number is 404-474-0804, and we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. Call or use our online contact form today. 


Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.