Most people who step out in the morning don’t plan to be in a personal injury situation. And no one expects an injured person to capture every detail of an accident when it happens, even though the legal process may feel like that afterwards. However, with a small bit of pre-planning, one can have the tools ready and on-hand to do so if needed.
The first thing to take care of, course, is you. If you’re seriously hurt, don’t move until you’re sure you can. If the pain or injury is severe, wait for trained medical help to arrive. However, if you have some capacity to look around, move your hands or see what’s going on, use the following tools to capture at-the-moment information about the accident scene.
It’s always a good idea to have a small notepad and pen on hand or carried in a pocket to jot down information. If one is able, the notepad can be extremely handy to capture quick notes on the date, time, place, address if its available, and people involved. Once an accident happens there can be a lot flurry of people and what not. A few of these are witnesses. Grabbing their name and phone numbers can be a huge benefit later on as well. All of this information can be useful to an attorney hired to pursue a recovery after the fact and it helps fill in the gaps that one may not remember weeks after the fact.
Your smartphone can also be a big tool for information capture right after an accident. One of the best features it has is the camera. Again, if you’re able to, take as many photographs as possible of what you can see around you. This can be extremely helpful and far better than memory descriptions after the fact. Images in a photograph can capture thousands of details, some of which can be useful to show an accident could have been prevented.
Most smartphones also have a recording device on them. In a public area you can use this tool to record your voice and thoughts about what you see happening as well as those talking to you. However, it’s still a smart idea to warn people they are being recorded before they talk. Otherwise, don’t record people without them knowing.
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