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Do these things at the scene of a car accident

If you are involved in a car accident, you never know what will happen next. Even so, there are some important steps that you need to take.

Before we discuss anything else, remember these two points:

-- You should never leave the scene of a car accident until it is appropriate to do so.

-- Your health should come first.

Immediately following a car accident, you'll want to examine yourself and passengers for injuries. If anyone is injured, don't hesitate to contact police and an ambulance. You want to make sure that you and/or others are treated as quickly as possible.

Other things to do at the scene of a car accident include:

-- Wait for police to arrive and cooperate with the officer's requests. Remember, this person has arrived to provide assistance.

-- Exchange information. If both parties are able to do so, exchange important insurance policy details and contact information.

-- Talk to witnesses. Was another driver responsible for causing the accident? If so, and there are witnesses who can back up your claim, be sure to collect their contact information.

If you take all these steps after a car accident, you'll find it easier to move forward with the process of making a recovery and receiving compensation. Depending on your injuries and damages, you may find yourself speaking with insurance companies as well as an attorney.

Nobody wants to be involved in a motor vehicle accident, but if you find yourself in this position. you need to do whatever it takes to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. You have rights and they need to be protected.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed Jan. 20, 2017

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