Steps To Take After An Accident:

If you are involved in a car crash there are a few things you must do to make sure your interests are protected and you can be fully compensated for your injuries and property damage.  Just because you may feel okay does not mean you will be fine.  Think about it.  You were just involved in a crash.  You are scared.  Your adrenaline is running. So, not surprisingly, it can take some time for the shock of any wreck to wear off before you notice pain or discomfort. So, with that said, here are some things you should do:


  • Stay at the Scene
  • Call the Police
  • Exchange Information
  • Talk to Witnesses
  • Inform Your Insurance Company
  • Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment
  • Take Pictures
  • Get a Property Damage Valuation From Insurance
  • Use Caution in Discussing the Incident
  • Consider Hiring an Attorney

Low-collision accidents are sometimes ones you can walk away from, but they should be treated just as you would more serious accidents.  Because there are many variables to the accident and possible injuries, you should follow steps to make sure you are covered in case something comes from the incident.  It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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