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5 Critical Steps to Take After a Car Accident

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A car accident is the type of thing everyone hopes won’t ever happen to them. But according to Esurance, around 77 percent of drivers have had at least one such accident before. That means that if you haven’t been involved in an accident yet, it’s highly likely that you will be someday.

Time is of the essence when there’s been an accident, so it’s important to know what you should do to safeguard your health and finances, as well as avoid any potential legal trouble. Here are some key steps to keep in mind.

1. Do a safety check

Your own safety and that of anyone else also involved should always be priority number one after an accident. Check yourself and others for serious injuries and, if necessary, get out of the way of any immediate dangers (e.g., traffic). 

2. Call the proper authorities

If the accident is serious and you or anyone else is injured, call 911 for emergency assistance. But even if the accident seems like nothing more than a minor fender bender, it’s still a good idea to call the police and file an accident report.

Official proceedings like insurance claims or legal hearings may require a documented record of the accident, and a police report is ideal for this.

3. Finish up at the scene

In the interest of collecting potentially useful documentation, it’s also a good idea to use your phone (or any camera you might have handy) to photograph the accident scene. Be sure to capture details like auto damage, any skid marks that might be there, or anything else that could be relevant.

Make sure you also exchange relevant information with the other driver (particularly insurance and contact info), as well as any witnesses who might have seen what happened.

4. Get a medical evaluation

Don’t simply assume you haven’t been injured in an accident simply because you don’t feel hurt at the time. Many common injuries – like whiplash, to name just one – don’t become apparent until hours or even days afterward.

Seeking out medical attention helps ensure you haven’t sustained any serious injuries, as well as ensures prompt treatment if you do turn out to be hurt. It also guarantees that there’s a proper record of any injuries you sustained, as well as a statement from a medical professional that they’re the result of the accident.

5. Contact a qualified attorney

As with visiting a doctor to be on the safe side after a car accident, contacting a local attorney for advice is something you should always do to be on the safe side. This is especially the case if anyone was injured or there are likely to be legal complications. An attorney can properly advocate for you if needed, as well as give you sound advice on how to proceed with any insurance claims or potential legal cases.

Just make sure to contact someone local who’s familiar with the laws in your state and county, as well as someone who specializes in auto accidents. For example, if you’re in Michigan, you need to work with a car accident attorney in Michigan to ensure the best possible outcome.

Although car accidents will always be stressful and scary, a little preparedness can help a lot. So, get your ducks in a row sooner rather than later. You just might be glad you did.

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