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5 Steps to Take After Your Car Accident

According to statistics, around six million car accidents occur every year in the United States. Most people will be involved in a car accident at some point in their life. Despite this, a majority of those involved in accidents don't actually have a clear idea of what they should do following a collision. Should they report the accident? How soon should they see a doctor? Do they need to hire a lawyer? All these questions can make an accident more complex and frustrating for an injured party.

If you have been injured in a serious car accident, there are some key steps you should take to make sure you not only get the care you need, but remain eligible to recover fair compensation.

Read the five key steps below to learn more!

1. Call the Police-Even When this Seems Extreme.

While the other driver may try to downplay an accident, always call the police if any serious damage to vehicles occurred or any parties suffered injuries. Not only can police ensure the scene of the accident is safe and protected from nearby traffic, but they also help you compile a report of the accident. This can serve as a strong piece of evidence for you when crafting a claim or lawsuit.

2. Document the Scene of the Accident.

A police report can be very helpful for your case, but your own pictures of the accident can help you and your lawyer make an even stronger case on your behalf. So long as you are not suffering severe injuries, take time to document the scene of the accident, include any skid marks, surrounding stop signs or lights, and the actual damage to the vehicles.

3. Exchange Information with Parties.

Most people are on top of this step. They know that it is important to get the other driver's contact and insurance information to ensure they can be held accountable. However, those same people often overlook another important party they should be reaching out to after an accident: witnesses. If there were any neutral witnesses to the accident, always seek to get their contact information so you can use them to support your side of the story if necessary.

4. Seek Medical Care as Soon as Possible.

Some people delay getting medical care following their accident. So long as they aren'tcatastrophically injured, it should be fine if they wait a few days, right? This is never a good approach to take. The sooner you get medical attention and care, the sooner your doctor can help you recover and figure out what medical care you need. It can also help prevent insurance companies from trying to deny or minimize your claim. Make sure you keep track of all your medical bills, related costs, assessments from doctors, and other health documents.

5. Get Legal Support & Counsel.

Resolving a car accident should be simple, so why do you need a lawyer? Despite the systems in place, car accident claims rarely ever go as smoothly as they should. Insurance companies may try to deny your claim or give you a lowball settlement, the other party may deny fault and try to sue you instead, and even small legal documents may trip you up and delay your compensation. With injuries and vehicle damage to deal with, these headaches are the last thing you should be trying to navigate following a car accident. Having a seasoned car accident lawyer on your case can ensure you get the fair financial recovery you deserve-without the overwhelming stress or added tension.

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