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What should I do after a car accident?

The period of time following a car accident can be chaotic and overwhelming, however, it is important for car accident victims to know the steps to take following a car accident to ensure they receive appropriate medical care and preserve a claim for their damages if they decide to make one at some point following the accident. To begin with, it is essential not to leave the scene of the accident, especially if injuries or fatalities are involved.

In addition, it is important to contact police so that a police report will be written documenting the accident which can be helpful for a future claim for damages. Car accident victims should also obtain information to contact witnesses at a later date and should generally obtain as much information as possible which will aid when making a personal injury claim for damages later. It is also important to contact the victim's insurance company and keep in mind insurance companies are commonly involved in the personal injury claims process.

Victims should also carefully document the medical care and treatment they receive and the medical care expenses they incur. A personal injury claim for damages can be useful to help a victim injured in a car accident recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered at the hands of a negligent driver in an unexpected car accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Knowing what to do following a car accident can help victims ensure they receive the assistance they need down the road as medical expenses, lost wages and other damages pile up following a car accident. Personal injury legal protections are in place to help injured victims following a car accident so it is essential for car accident victims to be familiar with them.

Source:, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Oct. 31, 2017

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