1. Stop Your Car
If you’re involved in a car accident, you should stop your car in a safe location, close to the scene of the accident without obstructing traffic.
2. Check Yourself and Other Passengers for Injuries
Once you’ve stopped your car in a safe location, check yourself and others for injuries. You may need immediate medical attention if injuries are severe.
3. Call 911
Immediately call 911 if you or other passengers are injured. Report your name, location, and the extent of your injuries.
4. Call Police
Report the accident with police. Reporting the car accident to local authorities may strengthen your case if the other driver was at fault. Cooperate with police and answer the questions truthfully. DO NOT ADMIT FAULT.
5. Gather Information
Get the other driver’s name and contact information. Take pictures of their driver’s license and insurance card (if possible). Document the other driver’s vehicle. Take pictures of both your vehicles, as well as the injuries sustained in the accident. If there were witnesses, kindly ask for their names and contact information.
6. Seek Medical Attention
If you weren’t taken to the hospital by an ambulance, you may still need to go to the Emergency Room to get evaluated. Although you may not feel symptoms immediately after the accident, it’s good practice to still get evaluated by a medical professional.
7. Seek Legal Advice
If you were injured in a car accident and weren’t at fault, you may need an attorney to assist you in navigating the post-accident process. This process can be cumbersome and confusing, especially while treating for injuries.
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