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Do these things following a car accident

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, you do your best to avoid trouble. Unfortunately, this doesn't always work, as it's possible you could face a challenge at some point.

It's a good idea to know what you should do in the event of a car accident before you're ever in this position. This way, there is no guessing as to which actions you should take.

Here are five things to keep in mind:

  • Check yourself for injuries above all else. This is the first thing you should do, as you don't want to compromise your health.
  • Move your vehicle to safety. If you're able to move your car to the side of the road, you should do so. However, don't get out if you're unsure of your ability to remain safe.
  • Call 911. This helps speed up the process of police and an ambulance arriving at the scene of the accident.
  • Exchange contact information. As long as you're feeling okay, you can exchange information with the other individuals involved.
  • Contact your insurance company. As time allows, contact your insurer to let them know what happened. You don't have to provide too much information in the initial call, just enough to let them know you were part of an accident.

Taking these steps after a car accident will make it much easier to move forward, all with the idea of putting this in the past as quickly as possible.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may find yourself in position to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages (such as to your vehicle).

Source: Esurance, "how to handle a car accident in 7 easy steps," accessed Feb. 23, 2018

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