If you live in Pennsylvania and you are in a car accident, it is important that you take certain steps after the crash happens. Even though a car accident can be quite scary and may leave you shaken up and not able to think clearly right away, if you decide to pursue compensation, you will need certain things. Primarily the contact and insurance information of the other drivers involved. Due to Pennsylvania’s modified contributory negligence system with the 51% rule in place you could be eligible for compensation for your damages. Essentially in Pennsylvania, if you were injured in a car accident, as long as you were less than 51% responsible for causing the accident your damages could be recoverable.

As a result, even if you have some amount of fault for an accident, you may still be able to secure financial compensation for your damages if the amount of fault that you have is less than 51%. But, to pursue a claim for compensation, it is essential that you have the other driver’s information. Failure to get their contact and insurance information could make obtaining the compensation you both need and deserve much harder.

For help with a Pennsylvania car accident injury claim, the car accident lawyers at O’Donnell Law can assist you.

Asking for Insurance and Contact Information After a Crash

Whether or not this is the first time you were in a car accident or if you have been in one before, in the aftermath of a crash, figuring out what to do can be confusing. Especially if you are in pain because you were injured. However, if it is possible to speak with others involved in a crash, then you should make sure to do that.

First, you want to make sure everyone is ok or if there are any injuries. Next, it would be helpful to get the following information from the other driver:

  • The driver’s name, address, and their driver’s license number.
  • The driver’s vehicle registration number and license plate.
  • The name of their insurance provider and their associated policy number.

Emotions can be running high after a crash, especially when the other driver was clearly the reason for the crash happening. But, it is best to remain as calm as you can be. When you approach the other driver do so without being aggressive or disrespectful. Kindly ask for their information and they are more likely to give it to you without issue.

In some situations, even if you did ask nicely for the other driver’s information they may still be refusing to supply it to you. If you have not already called the police, it may be best to get in touch with them. Once they arrive, you can let them know that you have not been able to secure the insurance and contact information from the other driver. The police officer will be able to help you out and get that information.

Speak to a Wilkes Barre Car Accident Lawyer Today

After a car accident the insurance information of the other driver is critical to filing a claim and obtaining compensation. For all of your questions and for assistance with the personal injury claims process the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices are here for you and ready to help.

Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton and Pittston at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.



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