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The aftermath of a car accident may seem scary. There is a lot of confusion, and your adrenaline may be pumping. Take a deep breath and clear your mind because you need to get information to help with your case.

The Insurance Information Institute suggests you keep relevant documents in your car, as well as emergency essentials such as flares, cones and pen and paper in case you cannot use your phone to take notes. The following lists three pieces of evidence to get after your car accident.

1. Photographs

If you are able, take pictures of everything around the accident. Examples to photograph may include:

  • The car
  • Debris from the collision
  • Skid marks
  • People at the scene
  • Stop lights and signs
  • Your injuries

Take more pictures than you think you will need.

2. Eyewitness reports

Get eyewitness statements and begin with the people who were passengers in your car. Either write down the information or record the interview. Expand your interview to bystanders or other drivers who saw the accident happen. Get information such as:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Witness statements can help prove your case by supporting your account of the accident.

3. Evidence of security cameras

Look around the scene for cameras, such as security cameras, traffic cameras or CCTV cameras. Take pictures of them so you can identify them later. Point them out to police officers on the scene. Your attorney or insurance agent can request the video if needed.

No one wants to be in a car crash, but preparing yourself and knowing what to do afterward may decrease your stress level and make the claims process quicker and easier.