After an auto accident, you have many things on your mind. Your first priorities are to make sure that you and your loved ones are okay and that you get the medical attention you need.

But after you’ve dialed 911 and are waiting for emergency responders to arrive, it’s important to remember that you can begin maximizing your chances of getting compensation before you ever leave the scene of the accident.

Whether you use a pen and paper, your smartphone, or another device, write down the following information if you’re able to do so, as it may prove invaluable if you need to file a claim.

  • Witness contact information. Did anyone see the crash occur? If so, ask them for their names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Their statements can help prove who was really at fault.
  • What happened. Memories can quickly fade and become distorted, especially after traumatic events like car accidents. As soon as you’re able to do so, write down the events leading up to the crash, including the lane you were in, the road conditions, and the movements of the other vehicles.

Using your camera or smartphone to take pictures of the accident–including the damage to your vehicle and the position of it relative to the other vehicle–is another good way to record valuable evidence in case you need to file a claim.

The Texas auto accident lawyers at Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers have helped many people throughout the Lone Star State who were injured at no fault of their own, and it’s our goal help innocent victims get maximum compensation. Our consultations are always free.