Insurance Information to Gather at the Scene of an Auto Accident

When you’re in a car accident, it’s easy to forget what information you need — you’re shaken up and rattled. But for your insurance company and that of any other people involved, carry a copy of the following list in your glove compartment so that you get all the information you need to protect yourself and expedite your insurance claim.

Date and time of accident

Accident location (take photos if you have a cellphone with a camera)

Name, address, phone number, and driver’s license number of the driver of the other vehicle

Injuries (for each person)

Name, address, and phone number of each witness

Police department responding, including phone number

Police case number

Police officer’s name

Tickets issued (if any)

Name, address, and phone number of each passenger in your vehicle

Name, address, and phone number of each passenger in the other vehicle

Name, address, phone number, and driver’s license number of the owner of the other vehicle (if different from driver)

The year, make, model, license plate number, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of the other vehicle

The insurance company, insurance agent (name and phone number), and policy number of the other vehicle’s driver

The insurance company, insurance agent (name and phone number), and policy number of the other vehicle’s owner (if different from driver)