An accident can be a scary event. Of course, if there are injuries, the
very first thing you should do is call 911. After all vehicles have been
moved out of traffic and everyone is safe and secure, there are some general
guidelines as to what information you should collect and provide to the
By law, basic information such as names, addresses, and registration information
must be exchanged. Insurance information should also be obtained. Also
write down the make, model, year and condition of the cars involved, the
date, time and location, and number of passengers in the other car(s)
(believe it or not, we've seen extra people inexplicably "appear"
If there are witnesses, talk to them as soon as possible, especially if
they approach you first (which usually means they believe you are less
at fault). Take down their contact information immediately, as they may
not be willing or able to wait around until the police arrive. Never admit
fault at the accident scene since a thorough investigation might reveal
You should keep a form in your glove compartment to organize this information
(you can download and print out a handy form at Ajalatlaw.com).
Lastly, it is helpful to keep a disposable camera in your glove compartment.
This will allow an important record of visual conditions as they were
at the time of the accident and the conditions of the people and vehicles
involved. If you have a camera phone, use it in the same way.