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What To Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident

Introduction

Lets be honest, there isn’t anything much worse then getting in a car accident, or any type of vehicular accident at all for that matter. Between the money you could be looking at in tickets if you are at fault, and the damage done to the vehicles, the expenses can add up quick. Accidents don’t always just stop there either. Often there are injuries involved to either you or someone else that was involved in the accident, and if anything like this ever occurs you need to know what to do to prevent any potential legal ramifications. In this article, I am going to explain the basics on what to do if you ever find yourself in a accident, or are a bystander at an accident and need to help out.

First Steps

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you and everyone around you are okay. Even the littlest of accidents can cause serious back,neck, and other bodily injuries. After confirming you and your passengers are okay, make sure that the road is clear and exit the vehicle, if you were involved in an accident with another vehicle make sure that they are okay as well. If anyone is hurt immediately call 911 for further assistance. It is to often that someone is involved in an accident and skips medical attention because they either think it is to expensive or they don’t need it. Don’t ever underestimate an injury and remember to always check up on it, even if it is something small. Safety is a priority.

Insurance and Legal Protection

After making sure that everyone is okay, if it is more then just a minor fender bender you are going to need to contact the police. If it is something minor that you and the other driver believe can be handled between your insurance companies then you are free to exchange information and contact your insurance agency and they will let you know how to proceed about the situation. If it is an accident in which the police do show up remember to be calm. Even if you believe that you are at fault for the accident it is always best to say as little about the situation as possible. You don’t ever want to lie to an officer, but you also don’t want to throw yourself under the bus, when you really may have not been at fault.

If you believe you were at fault you may want to contact an auto accident attorney and have them handle the situation in court for you. If you on the other hand are injured, you will also want to contact an injury attorney immediately. In the case that you are in pain or have to go to a doctor you should receive a payout from the defendant in order to pay for all the bills and more. Remember to always keep receipts and copy’s of doctor visits, vehicle damage, and other accident related bills you have paid on your own, to make sure you are reciprocated for the bills.

Conclusion

In the end, there really is no good way to look at getting in an accident. It can be a huge hassle to get your car fixed, worry about doctors visits, insurance premiums going up, and even being without a vehicle for an extended time. The only thing that you can really control after the accident happens is being well prepared on how to go about the situation, and not making it worse then it already is. After reading this you should feel prepared to know what to do if you ever find yourself in a situation were you, or someone around you happens to be in an accident and needs your help. Remember to never be afraid to call 911 if you feel you need to. It is always better to be safe then sorry!

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Colin Quin has been a content creator for Heil-Law.com for 3 years. He enjoys blogging on various personal injury related topics.

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