The Scene of an Accident - What do You Gather?

The Sawaya Law Firm of Denver believes that exchanging information at the scene of a car crash is essential

After you’ve been in an accident there can be a lot going on around you making it hard to focus on what needs to get done – We want you to feel prepared and equipped to get the information you need from other drivers’ and the police at that time. Below is a list of the information that you should gather from the scene of your accident. This information will help your case to be built quickly, so that we can get you back to recovery and on the road:


  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number(s)


  • *Write down or a take a photo front and back*
  • Driver’s License(s)
  • Insurance Card(s)
    • Company Name
    • Policy Number
    • Expiration Date


  • *Images of vehicles for all involved parties*
  • License Plate(s)
  • Damaged Area(s)


  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number(s)


Ask the Police for the any info you weren’t able to collect from the other driver(s) – This is VERY important because without this info your case can be delayed 2 or more weeks while a Police Report is ordered. If you weren’t able to get this info you can request your own report, here! Of course we are always here to assist you in getting your Police Report, these steps will just help your case move along a little quicker!

Download your own list, here – Print it out and save it in your glove compartment! In addition to keeping this list in your glove box, it would be wise to have an Accident Kit. We offer these kits to everyone for FREE — Stop by our offices or reach us on social media to get yours today! Have any other questions about how to handle the days following an accident? Leave a comment below or contact us on Facebook and Twitter!


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.