10 Critical Steps to Take Following a Car Accident [infographic]

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After involvement in a car accident, you may panic and wonder what to do next, especially if you were injured or your vehicle sustained considerable damage. Since car accidents are an incredibly common occurrence, review these 10 steps to take following a collision to ensure you are always prepared.
10 Critical Steps to Take Following a Car Accident [infographic]

  1. Stay at the scene—Even if the accident is minor, do not drive away from the collision scene.
  2. Take precautions—If possible, move your car to the side of the road out of the way of traffic. If this isn’t possible, keep your hazards on or set up flares.
  3. Contact law enforcement—If no one involved was seriously injured, now is the time to contact the police.
  4. Provide the facts—Once law enforcement arrives, provide an accurate statement from your point of view. Refrain from guessing, speculating, or misrepresenting the facts.
  5. Take pictures—Use your cell phone or camera to take pictures of the accident scene and all vehicles involved. You should also document any visible injuries you have at this point.
  6. Exchange information—Obtain the names, contact information, and insurance information of anyone involved in the accident in addition to the contact information of any witnesses.
  7. Notify your insurance provider—Reach out to your insurance company and give them all information you collected in relation to the collision.
  8. Seek medical assistance—Many injuries caused by vehicle accidents are not apparent immediately. Unless you are completely confident you did not sustain any injuries, you should seek medical care at your emergency room or from your general physician.
  9. Stay organized—Any medical documentation or paperwork from the accident should be stored in one place. Any expenses you incur due to the accident, such as receipts for the use of a rental car, should also be kept with your files.
  10. Protect your rights—One of the most important things you can do following a car accident is to contact an attorney. They can make sure you receive a fair settlement and your best interests remain protected throughout the duration of the claims process.