The Importance of Documenting Your Accident
Most people who are hurt in a accident don’t realize that they have been injured until hours or even days later. If a trained police officer does not investigate at the time the accident occurs it may difficult or impossible to determine who was at fault. As a result, reckless drivers often avoid responsibility for accidents they cause, and innocent drivers can find it much harder to get paid for their injuries.
If you are in an accident it is imperative that you do everything you can to document your accident:
1. Call 911 and report the accident. If you feel any pain or if you believe you have been injured in any way report it. Let Metro decide if they should send an officer.
2. If it safe to do so, take pictures of the crash before anyone leaves and before the cars are moved.
3. Take note of the year, model, and license plate numbers of all cars. Take pictures of the license numbers.
4. Get the other driver’s name and contact information.
5. Take down the names and contact information of any passengers or witnesses.
6. Get the other driver’s insurance information, including the name of their company, the policy number, and the expiration date of their insurance.
7. Go to dmvnv.com and download and fill out an SR-1 “Report of Traffic Accident” form. You are required to submit this form to DMV within 10 days of the date of the accident.
8. Inform your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.
Please call us if you have any questions about documenting an accident or about your rights.