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FACT or MYTH: When involved in an auto accident, it is unnecessary to obtain information from the other driver

March 2017

MYTH! After an accident, it is essential that you gather pertinent information from the other party as all information needed to file a claim will not be recorded on a police report. After addressing any injuries incurred to yourself or the other party, if damage has been done to any involved vehicle you should then obtain the following:

  • Name of the vehicle’s owner
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Insurance Agent

The police report will include the name of the insured’s carrier, but will likely not indicate his or her agent. This information is essential in regards to your agency’s ability to file a claim on your behalf. Beyond obtaining this information, you should promptly notify your insurance agent, regardless of fault, to report a claim.

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