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What steps will you take after a car accident?

There is never a good time to be involved in a car accident. Even so, there are steps you should take after being involved in a car crash.

First off, don't leave the scene of an accident until it makes sense to do so. If anything, you want to stick around longer than leave too soon. It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without at least exchanging information with the other drivers involved.

Check for injuries, including whether your passengers are injured. There is nothing more important than this, with all injuries requiring immediate and thorough medical attention.

If there are injuries, contact 911 to have police and an ambulance respond. Even if you think you don't need medical care, you'll want to play it safe by calling an ambulance.

If you're feeling up to it, you'll want to exchange information with other drivers involved in the accident. Most importantly, make sure you exchange insurance information and contact details.

Finally, inform your insurance company and be wary of an early settlement offer. You have a contract with your insurer, and they need to live up to their end of the bargain in regards to providing compensation.

In a perfect world, the follow up to a car accident would be a simple process. In the real world, this is much more complex.

By taking the right steps, you'll feel better about what the future will bring. In the event of a serious accident, you may need to learn more about your legal rights. This will help you gain a clear understanding of what you can do in the future to receive compensation from the negligent party.

Source: FindLaw, "After a Car Accident: First Steps," accessed Jan. 31, 2017

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