What Is A Crash Information Form?
A crash information form also referred to as a car accident information form is a piece of paper you can keep in the glovebox of your car. It is a checklist of quick tips to follow after a car accident. Since the mind goes into a panic after an accident, this allows you to think through the immediate steps ahead of time. It also allows you to fill out crash information with the details of what happened during the accident, information on the other vehicles/drivers involved, and more.
Here are a few things to remember and why it’s a good idea to use a crash information form in case of an accident.
QUICK TIPS AFTER AN ACCIDENT
- Most importantly: Remain calm.
- If there are any injuries, immediately call 911 for help.
- Call the police, so you have a record of the accident in case of property damage, possible injuries, etc.
- Do not admit fault, sign anything, or offer to pay for any damages regardless of the circumstances
- Discuss the accident only with the police
- Notify your insurance company
- Exchange information and fill in as much detail as possible.
- If possible, take photos of the accident and damage to the vehicles.
Make sure you include the date, time and location of the crash. If possible, include street names or buildings near where the crash happened.
You should also be sure to include weather and road conditions. This will help your lawyer understand what conditions you were driving under and if there were any objects in the road that shouldn’t have been.
This part of the crash information form also includes a section regarding the police officer (if any) who showed up to the scene.Be sure to get their name, badge #, the precinct they work for, the report #. It also includes crash information form on anyone else involved in the crash. This includes vehicle information for the other driver, witnesses, etc.
DESCRIBE THE ACCIDENT IN DETAIL
When you’re in a car accident you might remember everything right then and there, but as time goes on or if you had a head trauma this could lead to you forgetting things – especially the small details. This is why filling out the What Happened section of the crash information form right then and there is of the utmost importance.
SKETCH THE ACCIDENT
There will also be a space at the very bottom of the crash information form. where you can sketch the accident with the information provided above. Show both your vehicle and the vehicles involved in the crash. Include arrows so you can indicate where the flow of traffic was going and the number the vehicles on the sketch so you can identify and help others (like your lawyer) identify which car was yours vs everyone else’s. Even if you can only draw stick figures or boxes – that’s okay, just try to fill out the sketch area as much as possible, to your knowledge. If you also run out of space here, you can use the back of the form.
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the crash information form would then be given to your lawyer, along with any other information you have that was gathered from the above data, such as pictures of the accident.
If you’ve been involved in an accident in Colorado, contact Sloat Law at 303-447-1144 or 800-873-3202.
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