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Some helpful steps in the wake of a car crash

Many of you may think you know what to do in the aftermath of a car accident, and in fact, at this moment, you probably do. But put yourself in the shoes of a stressed out person who is probably injured in the wake of a car accident, and you would be remiss to think that they could recall, in perfect detail, what they are supposed to do now.

The confusion that can occur after such a jarring and stressful incident such as a car accident is perfectly natural. However, there are some simple steps you can take after a car accident to help you get through this unfortunate incident as quickly and efficiently as possible.

To begin, you should gather yourself for a moment after a car accident. Take a breath and just gather your thoughts. Then, when you're ready, check on the other vehicle (or vehicles) that were involved in your wreck. Make sure the other people in those cars are okay.

Once everything settles down a bit, exchange information with other drivers in your wreck. Take pictures of the accident scene and get any information you can from people who witnessed the wreck. Also, stay at the scene to talk with police -- who you should call.

Last but not least, if medical responders arrive at your accident scene, you should accept the medical care they offer, even if it's for minor injuries such as scratches. This will give you a medical record of your injuries as a reference just in case those injuries come up in civil litigation against any drivers or with your car insurance company.

Source: FindLaw, "After A Car Accident: First Steps," Accessed Dec. 8, 2014

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