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Take these critical steps after a car accident

Things can change in an instant when you are on the road. One second you are safe and sound, but the next you are on the side of the road wondering why you were just part of an accident.

If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to take the right steps at the right time.

Before discussing the things you should do after a car accident, there's something you never want to forget: Your health and overall well-being always come first.

So, if you're unable to carry out a particular step as a result of an injury, there's nothing wrong with that. You don't want to do anything that will cause you more pain and suffering during this time.

Here are some of the most critical steps to take after a car accident, should you be able to do so:

  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries: This gives you a better idea of what you're up against in regards to your health. Any injury, even one that appears minor, should receive immediate treatment by a qualified medical professional.
  • Move to safety: If you're feeling up to it and your vehicle is working, move to the side of the road. This gets you out of harm's way.
  • Call 911: You need to do this because it will ensure that police and an ambulance arrive at the scene as quickly as possible.
  • Exchange information with others involved in the crash: This is possible in a minor accident but it may not be something you are able to do if you're dealing with a serious injury.
  • Document the accident: Do your best to take photos of your injuries and damage while also taking notes related to the crash. All this information will help you in the future.

After you do these things, you can then contact your insurance company to understand how the claims process works. This is also your time to learn more about the accident, including the cause. For example, the police report may reveal that the other driver was texting or under the influence of alcohol.

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