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What To Do When You've Been In a Car Accident?

When you have been involved in a car accident it is crucial to do the following things: stop the vehicle and get out of the car, discuss with the other people involved, call the police, gather as much information as you can, document the scene by taking photos of important details or by writing down the names of everyone involved including the witnesses. If you think that you might want to receive compensation for your damages, call a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Car accidents are unfortunately not uncommon in the U.S. However when they do occur, individuals involved are often not sure about what needs to be done, in what order and what actions could harm their case.

So, if you were involved in such an unpleasant event, you might find the following tips useful.

What to Do in Case of a Car Accident

  • Call an ambulance in case someone was injured.
  • Make sure other drivers will notice your car in case it is blocking the road.
  • Call the police and file an accident report.
  • Collect addresses, names and phone numbers of witnesses.
  • Take pictures of the accident details.
  • Seek medical assistance even if you feel fine immediately after the crash.
  • Contact a personal injury lawyer.
  • Contact your insurance company, but present only the facts of the accident.

Things You Should NOT Do After a Car Accident

  • Do not leave the scene of the crash: you might face criminal charges.
  • Do not change the position of your car unless necessary.
  • Do not admit liability; details have to be investigated first.
  • Do not contact the other driver's insurance company.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to any insurance company.
  • Do not release your medical records to the other driver's insurance company.

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