Steps To Take After An Accident
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What To Do After An Accident
Step 1: Call 911
Stay at the scene of the accident and immediately call 911. Even if your injuries or property damage appear to be minor, you always want official documentation of the incident.
Step 2: Seek Medical Attention
If you are injured, request immediate medical attention. Many times, injuries are not felt immediately after a crash, but can often become painful in the following days and weeks. Regardless of when you first feel pain or discomfort, it’s important to see a doctor right away.
Step 3: Obtain Witness Information
If you don’t require immediate medical attention and you can safely do so, look around your immediate vicinity and see if you can locate any witnesses who may have observed the crash. Speak to those people and attempt to obtain their full names and a good phone number where they can be reached.
Step 4: Take Photos & Videos of the Crash
Take photos of the vehicles involved, and document as much information as you can about the circumstances surrounding the crash. Even if you do not believe something is important, take a photo of it anyway. You’ll never know what may end up being useful in your claim(s).
Step 5: Contact An Attorney (it’s free!)
Insurance companies are not your friend, especially those of at-fault drivers. So reach out to an experienced accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss options and next steps.