What should I do after a car accident?

Most car accidents are shocking and unexpected events. Your adrenaline is flowing, you have likely been physically injured, and you try to recount whether you could have avoided the situation. The most important steps to take immediately following a car accident is to stay calm and seek medical assistance. Then, ensure that you conduct each of the following steps, if possible:

o Call the police and tell the officer that you would like for him to complete a police report.
o Take photos of all vehicles involved at the accident scene.
o Speak to witnesses who observed the collision and get their contact information.
o Ask for insurance information and driver’s license from the other persons involved in the accident. If you have a cell phone on hand, take pictures of these documents.

Most importantly, seek out a doctor and get a full physical workup. This step is important, regardless of whether you believe your injuries are minor. Many injuries are recognized only after the adrenaline has worn off. Sone injuries, known as latent injuries, arise well after the incident and can provide to be life altering.

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