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What should I do after a car accident?

Car accidents can be overwhelming so it is important to know what to do when you are in one. There are important steps to take following a car accident. Initially, it is important to remain at the scene of an accident, especially if there are injuries or fatalities. Individuals who leave the scene of an accident may face serious consequences for leaving the scene of an accident.

Secondly it is important to obtain medical help for any party that needs it. In addition, it is also important to contact police. Obtaining medical help and help from the authorities is important following a car accident. A police report can be helpful if a claim for damages is later made following the car accident. It is also important to exchange information with other parties at the scene and to talk with witnesses. Witness statements can also be an important aspect of any claim for damages if one is made.

It is also helpful to document the damages which includes photographs. Medical treatment and care related to the car accident should also be carefully documented. A personal injury claim for damages allows car accident victims to recover compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Proper documentation can help when a personal injury claim for damages is pursued.

Insurance companies are commonly involved in the process of making a claim for damages which can be a complex process at times. It is important to be aware of the different aspects of the process and not accept a settlement offer prematurely which is why car accident victims should be familiar with the legal options available to help them with the physical, financial and emotional damages associated with a car accident.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Aug. 17, 2017

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