The importance of documenting a car accident

When a driver has a car accident and files a claim for compensation for his or her injuries, the accident documentation can be very important to demonstrate what happened.

Initial steps

Before documenting any information, it’s important for drivers to check for injuries both to themselves and their passengers. Drivers will also want to move their vehicles out of the path of traffic and onto the shoulder whenever possible. Then, they can call for medical help, law enforcement and a tow truck if needed.

The driver will want to exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident. This includes insurance information, their name and address, driver’s license number, license plate number, location of the accident and witness statements.

If law enforcement responds to the accident, they can create an accident report and give the driver a copy which can be used for claims purposes.


Almost everyone has a camera on his or her cell phone, which can be used to take photos of the accident. It’s helpful to take photos of the vehicle damage, landmarks near the accident, intersection or street signs and damage to pavement or land nearby.

Many drivers also use dash cameras and may want to use that footage to support their claim of what happened. If the driver does not have a dash camera, someone who witnessed the accident may have one and it may be worth asking them.

If a person has been injured in a car accident, an experienced attorney can pursue a claim for compensation on his or her behalf.