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Follow These Steps After Any Vehicle Accident
Getting in a car accident is never a pleasant experience. But even if the accident wasn't your fault, there are still some things you need to do to protect yourself and your interests. Follow these five steps after any car accident, and you'll be in good shape.
1. Check for Injuries
The first thing you need to do after any car accident is to check for injuries. If you or anyone else involved in the accident is injured, call 911 immediately. Don't try to move an injured person unless necessary, as this could worsen their injuries.
2. Move to a Safe Location
Once you're sure everyone is okay, the next step is to move your vehicle (if possible) to a safe location away from traffic. If your car is not driveable, turn on your hazard lights and wait for help to arrive.
3. Call the Police
Even if the accident appears to be minor, it's still a good idea to call the police so they can document what happened. The police report can be useful later on if there's any dispute about who was at fault for the accident.
4. Exchange Information
Get the contact information (name, phone number, insurance company, and policy number) from the other driver involved in the accident. You should also exchange vehicle information (make, model, and year). If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their contact information as well.
5. Take Pictures
If you have a camera phone or digital camera, take pictures of the damage to both vehicles and any visible injuries sustained in the accident. These pictures can be useful later when making an insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
No one ever wants to get in a car accident. But if it does happen, you must know what steps to take afterward to protect yourself and your interests. By following these five simple steps, you'll be in good shape and one step ahead of returning to normal.
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