When two cars collide, it can result in disaster. At best, the people involved disrupt public utilities, such as one recent example in Kentucky where a crash resulted in damage to a Symsonia gas line. At worst, these collisions can result in serious injuries or death.
Provided you have not become incapacitated, you need to collect evidence at the scene of the wreck. Insurance cases are not always straightforward, and there is a possibility you will need to go to court to get compensation. Protect your case by doing the following if you ever become involved in a car wreck.
Talk to the police and paramedics
You should speak with the other driver following a crash, but you need to stick to the basics. Exchange insurance information and phone numbers, but there is no need to assign blame at this point. You need to leave that to the police. When the cops come, provide your side of the story. You do not have to say you are at fault. You can merely provide a story of what transpired and allow the cops to draw their own conclusions. Additionally, you want paramedics to come out in case you sustained any injuries. Even if you do not feel hurt, it is still a good idea to see a doctor. This will further aid your claim.
Find unbiased witnesses
If there were other people in your vehicle, then they should talk to the police, too. However, the cops will be skeptical of their version of events because they hold a bias. Ideally, there will be someone in the vicinity who witnessed the events of the crash. Unbiased eyewitnesses have no stake in the claim, so the cops take their words seriously. In the event a witness needs to leave, you should at least get his or her contact information.