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What to do when you’re in a car accident

Whether you have been in a car accident before or not, the experience is still a harrowing one. When metal meets metal, the collision is going to be jarring, even if the vehicles involved are traveling at relatively slow speeds. In the moments after the crash, there will be a lot of questions and confusion — but what you do in these moments matters. So today, let’s talk about what you should do when you are involved in a car accident.

It may seem obvious, but you should remain at the scene. Many people panic after they have been in a car accident, and they may actually flee the scene. That’s a crime, and it will only make matters worse for you.

Upon staying at the scene, check with the other people involved in the crash. If they need medical help, call 911 and assist them in any way that you can. If medical help isn’t necessary, then you should gather some basic evidence. Take photos of the crash scene and the vehicles. Talk to any witnesses that were there and are willing to give a statement about the accident. You should also exchange information with the other people involved in the wreck.

In the days and weeks that follow, you need to handle the issue with your insurance company and also track your medical treatment and progress (should it be needed). Ultimately, if things start to get complicated and you are considering legal action (or need legal counsel), you should consult with a personal injury attorney.

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