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What can be done in the wake of a car accident?

When you get into a car accident, a lot is going through your mind. Most car accidents are minor in nature, and thus only a little property damage is involved. But there are obviously some very serious car accidents that can occur. In such severe car accidents, some of the tips we are about to list may not be applicable. For many wrecks, though, these post-accidents steps are very important.

After a crash, make sure that you take a deep breath and safely get out of your vehicle. Do everything in your power to remain calm, as you are going to have to talk with the other driver (or drivers) involved in your crash. You will also likely have to talk to the police, so it is crucial to be as level-headed as you can be.

Check on the other people involved in the crash and make sure they are okay. If they need medical assistance, call 911 (which you should do anyway) and listen to the instructions that the professional on the other end tells you.

Make sure to exchange information with those involved in the crash, and if there were witnesses of the crash, try to get their personal information and their statements on the crash. In addition to all of this, take out your cellphone and take some pictures of the crash scene. Document the damage done to your vehicle and the other vehicles, and then prepare to talk to your insurance company in the coming days.

If legal action is necessary, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Sept. 25, 2015

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