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What should you do after a car accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

When you get in the car to drive, you do not expect to get into a car accident. But car accidents happen frequently, and collisions related to distracted driving are common.

After getting into a car accident, you may feel stressed and overwhelmed. Knowing what steps to take afterward can help ensure your safety and protect your interests.

Ensure safety

The first priority after a car accident is to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers and others involved. If possible, move your vehicle to a safe location away from traffic to prevent further accidents or injuries. Turn on hazard lights to alert other drivers of the accident scene.

Check for injuries

Check yourself, your passengers and anyone else involved in the accident for injuries. If anyone has injuries, call emergency services immediately for medical assistance. Even if injuries seem minor, seek medical attention promptly.

Call the police

Contact the police to report the accident, especially if there are injuries, significant property damage or disputes over fault. A police report provides an official record of the accident and can be valuable for insurance purposes and potential legal proceedings.

Exchange information

Exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident. Obtain names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, license plate numbers and insurance policy details. If there are witnesses to the accident, collect their contact information as well.

Document the scene

Document the accident scene by taking photos or videos of the vehicles involved, the surrounding area and any visible damage or injuries. This documentation can serve as valuable evidence for insurance claims and investigations.

Focus on your recovery following the accident and make sure you follow your doctor’s directions for taking care of any injuries you sustain. Document your recovery fully and take legal action to protect your interests in the aftermath of the collision.

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