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Steps to conduct a health check after a car accident

The thought of being involved in a car accident is enough to make you cringe. If you do find yourself in this position, there are several key steps you need to take.

While there is nothing wrong with being concerned about damage to your vehicle, you should first focus on your health and well being.

There are many steps to take when conducting a health check after a car accident:

-- Check on yourself first. You can't help anyone else unless you first check yourself. Once you're able to do so, examine yourself for any type of injury.

-- Check on others. Once you know where things stand in regards to your health, it's time to check on your passengers. This is a particularly important step to take if there are children in the car.

-- Move to safety. If possible, move your car to a safe place. This will help you avoid a situation in which you're involved in another accident.

-- Wait for help to arrive. It's better to be safe than sorry, so don't do anything until police and an ambulance arrive on the scene. Remember this: some injuries don't present symptoms right away. This is why you should always be examined by a medical professional.

These are just a few of the basic steps to take when conducting a health check after a car accident.

If you were injured, follow the guidance of your medical team. Along with this, don't hesitate to learn more about the cause of the accident. The information you uncover could help you when seeking compensation.

Source: Allstate, "?4 Steps to Follow After a Car Accident," accessed March 24, 2017

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