Do I need the other driver’s information?
Yes, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the crash, you need to gather all of the other driver’s information. This includes far more than you may think. Your list should cover all of the following:
- Full name
- Phone number
- Current address
- Insurance company, policy number, expiration date, and phone number
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number
- Make, model, year, and VIN of the vehicle
- All passenger and witness information
How common is it to get tricked after a crash?
Unfortunately, it happens. Someone may provide you with incorrect contact information, for example. This is possible when the other driver has ID with an incorrect name or address. Also, the driver may claim to be from out of state thanks to Florida’s high tourist population.
Regardless, you need to ask for all of the other driver’s information so I can find them while building a case for why you deserve financial compensation. The more information you gather, the easier it will be for me to do so.
This also provides you with the opportunity to double-check what you are given. If the address or name spelling is not the same on the driver’s license, registration, and insurance card, you can capture all three and ask questions—hopefully with the police there.
Should I call the police after a wreck?
Certainly. That would be a wise idea because they will come out and complete an accident report, which means they will obtain information on the other driver as well. Simultaneously, they will assess the situation and make a determination regarding whether the other driver should be issued a ticket. The information they gather can be accessed later when building your case.
Why do I need passenger information?
Proving negligence is a critical aspect of any personal injury case, and passengers can often serve as witnesses to what happened. Gathering their information at the scene may be the only opportunity you have to do so. The same is true for any other potential witnesses.