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Top seven things to do after a car accident

A car accident is always a traumatic experience. An accident can rattle your nerves and make it difficult to protect yourself and your property. The following steps can help prepare you for potential legal issues often associated with car accidents:

Stay Safe And Remain At The Scene

The first and most important step after any car accident is to call 911 and remain safe. Passing motorists frequently react to accidents with anger or a sense of wonderment and they do not pay attention. If you are able to get out of your car, be aware of the traffic around you to avoid further problems. It is also critical to remain at the scene to avoid more legal problems.

Check For Potential Injuries

If you are able to move around, check your passengers and anyone else at the scene for potential injuries. It is important to understand that moving a person who has a head, neck or back injury should not be moved under most circumstances. Make sure anyone with significant injuries gets medical attention. If you need to call 911 again to ensure an ambulance is on the way after discovering injuries, make the call.

Exchange Insurance Information

While waiting at emergency personnel to arrive, gather information from any witnesses or other drivers involved in the accident. All parties need to exchange insurance information, telephone numbers and driver's license numbers and tags. This information will help you as you report the accident to your insurance company and work to resolve any other issues associated with the accident.

Gather Evidence

After gathering each party's information, it's important to take pictures of your vehicle and the other vehicles involved in the accident. Most people have cellphones and have easy access to a camera. Remain safe in traffic and be aware of your surroundings. If it is safe to do so, photograph the damage and the accident scene, before any cars are moved or towed away.

Don't Admit To Anything

Even if you think you might be at fault, never admit to anything at the scene of a car accident. Accidents typically occur in the blink of an eye, and any statement made in the immediate aftermath may not be accurate. You can protect your rights by allowing an attorney to evaluate the evidence and uncover facts that you may not be aware of.

Get Medical Attention

After a traumatic event, the flow of adrenaline can mask pains related to an injury. Other injuries do not begin to produce symptoms until days - or longer - after an accident. A medical evaluation can uncover physical harms you may not be aware of, as well as set a baseline for your physical condition after the wreck.

Call A Lawyer

It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident. However, if you or a loved one has been injured, calling a lawyer can make a significant difference in the outcome of any claim you may have. It is often tempting to speak with insurance adjusters in an effort to get things resolved easily. However, insurance professionals are trained to protect their own bottom lines. Before speaking to anyone, calling an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you to avoid costly mistakes.

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