If you have been in a car accident, you want to make sure that you are protected as much as possible. This doesn't mean physical protection; it means that you need to make sure that you are protected against any lawsuits and against the other driver's insurance coming after you. There are several things that you can do that can help you with this.
You need to take as many pictures as possible. Take pictures of your car and all the damage. Take pictures of the other car and all the damage; try to get their license plate in the picture if at all possible. The other driver and passengers in that car may object to you taking their pictures, so make sure to ask before you try to take their picture, and if they do, you need to make sure that you respect their wishes. If you have a passenger in your car, you may want to ask them to take the pictures while you are talking to the driver, just to make sure that everything gets done.
It doesn't matter if you were in a big accident or a little fender-bender. Make sure that you get all the information you can from the other driver, including their insurance information, even if they say that there's no reason to contact insurance and that you can handle it between yourselves. You never know what's going to end up happening, so you want to make sure that you get as much information as possible. It's better to get more than you might think that you need than it is to need something and have a difficult time getting it.
The police should always be notified about your accident. Having a police report documenting the accident will help you with your insurance claim. It can also help if the other driver decides to file a lawsuit or you need to file a lawsuit against them. The police can also get information that you may have missed, like info from witnesses, etc. A few days after your accident, you can go to the police department and ask for a copy of the police report so that you can submit it to your insurance company and keep a copy for your own records.
If you have been in an accident, you want to make sure that you protect yourself as much as possible. Talk to an attorney like those at Salley Law Firm PA to learn more.